MAPPPD (Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics) is an open access decision
support tool designed for managers, scientists and the general public.
Scientists from all corners of the Antarctic have collaborated to create a database of
penguin population counts with data from four charismatic Sphenisciformes.
Our tool takes penguin populations a step further by integrating advanced modeling techniques
to detect and count penguin colonies from remote sensing data. MAPPPD also calculates occupancy
probabilities and presents graphical output which projects how penguin populations are changing through time.
Who are we?
MAPPPD is the product of an international collaboration of Antarctic researchers
collecting data to study how this fragile polar ecosystem is changing through time.
Dr Heather Lynch Co-P.I. MAPPPD
Dr Christian Che-Castaldo Co-P.I. MAPPPD
Dr Grant Humphries Web master
Ron Naveen Founder Oceanites
Antarctic Site Inventory partners
The Antarctic Site Inventory
is an Oceanites led research program supported by partners from all over the world
and collects census data for penguin populations throughout the Antarctic peninsula.
Black Bawks data science
The Lynch Lab
Since its launch in 2016, MAPPPD has been widely used by the scientific and management
community to help drive specific conservation objectives. The following manuscripts are the
more relevant papers to MAPPPD and its usage.
Che-Castaldo et al. 2017
Humphries et al. 2017
State of Antarctic Penguins
Would you like to contribute to MAPPPD? Click the button to find out how you can
be a penguin detective and help build and maintain the database.
MAPPPD is proudly endorsed by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and the Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals
Initial funding for MAPPPD was provided through an award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA award nnx14ac32g) with further support from Oceanites Inc. and Black Bawks Data Science Ltd.