Our Focus Areas
Antarctic Site Inventory
The Antarctic Site Inventory (ASI) is long-term project where Oceanites monitors and maintains a comprehensive database of penguin population changes across the entirety of the Antarctic Peninsula. Through the ASI, Oceanites has conducted more than 25 years of expeditions, with more than 2,100 census visits to more than 235 locations in the Antarctic Peninsula. Your support ensures that the ASI continues well into the future.
Antarctic Continent-Wide Penguin Database (MAPPPD)
Our ASI data are entered into our continent-wide Antarctic penguin database called MAPPPD (Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics) and associated with data from other Antarctic researchers, creating the most comprehensive, publicly available database on Antarctic penguin populations. MAPPPD represents the single, best source of all Antarctic penguin data and is relied upon by all Antarctic Treaty nations, stakeholders, and environmental NGOs in fashioning appropriate conservation measures. Your support ensures that Oceanites continues to sustain and maintain this crucial, freely available database.
Climate Outreach and Analyses
Bearing witness, first-hand, to significant climate and environmental changes, Oceanites is uniquely qualified to “spread the word” and to broaden the cohort of people — nationally and internationally — concerned with our ability to adapt to a warmer future. This includes national television appearances on NBC and PBS, as well as The Penguin Counters documentary. In addition, Oceanites continues its analyses and research examining the direct and interactive effects of climate change and other factors on the Antarctic Peninsula ecosystem. Your support ensures that our important climate outreach and analyses continue.
Stratified Long-Term Antarctic Peninsula Monitoring Plan
As a critical outgrowth of advising Antarctic krill fishers about voluntary buffer zones around penguin colonies and assisting the development of marine protected areas, Oceanites plans to inaugurate a long-term monitoring plan that assists these objectives. The plan would be to select and monitor penguin colonies in a stratified manner (colonies closest to and farthest away from fishing activities and/or no-take zones) over a long-term period, and make use of the latest techniques for processing remote sensing imagery (for example, from aerial drones). This new effort would make more data available for analysis and your support will assist the plan’s most expensive aspect, which is chartering the vessels necessary to do the work.
Climate impacts and worldwide outreach
Our scientific research fosters increased awareness of climate change adaptation through the lens of penguins and Antarctica. Our view - if penguins have survived for 40-60 million years, their lives offer secrets as to how we might adapt and survive as the warming comes our way.
When analyzing penguin population changes, we ask whether these are caused by changes to their food supply, homes, environment, and/or ability to reproduce.
- We ask the same questions about ourselves!
- Will we have enough food?
- Will our homes be safe - avoiding fires, floods, mudslides, eroding coastlines, hurricanes, tornadoes, rising sea levels, and earthquakes?
- How will public health be threatened?
- What will the future look like for the next generation?
- What do we need to start doing now to ensure survival for our children and grandchildren
We spread the word about ADAPTATION via:
- Social media
- Public speaking
- Classroom sessions with school kids
- Television appearances about our work (NBC, PBS)
- World Penguin Day (April 25) events
- The award-winning The Penguin Counters documentary
How Oceanites Impacts the Antarctic Treaty SystemFor science-based conservation, we have made notable, long-lasting contributions to the Antarctic Treaty, which intends to conserve the Antarctic forever. Since 1994, Oceanites has been monitoring and analyzing penguin and seabird population changes across the vast Antarctic Peninsula – where it's warming faster than anywhere else on Earth except the Arctic. Uniquely:
- We are the world’s only nonprofit, publicly supported Antarctic research program.
- We are the only project monitoring the entire Antarctic Peninsula region.
- We maintain the only Antarctic continent-wide penguin database used by all Antarctic researchers (MAPPPD).
- We publish annual State of Antarctic Penguins reports.
- We published the 1st Antarctic Travelers’ Code.
- We have published numerous, seminal scientific papers about changing penguin populations in the vastly warmed Antarctic Peninsula.
- We contribute annual reports to the Treaty’s Committee on Environmental Protection.
- We are invited, international observers at the Antarctic fishing meetings known as CCAMLR.
- We continue to assist krill fishers in adopting a no-fishing buffer zone near penguin colonies.
We Need Your Help
Help us continue to educate the world based on science and how penguins have been adapting for 40-60 million years.
Invest in our penguins. Please donate now. Oceanites, Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit §501(c)(3) organization under US law; donations by US citizens are tax-deductible.
Help us promote a better future for our kids and grandkids.
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