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11.06.2019 Animal tracking applications New Zealand’s Marathon Penguins

New Zealand is home to more penguin species than any other country in the world. The Tawaki penguin, also known as the Fiorland penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus), is one such species that breeds on the New Zealand mainland. With an estimated population size of merely 5,500–7,000 mature birds, Tawaki are very…
An elephant seal track (CEBC/CNRS), with the elephant turning around the low eddy on the right (sea level anomaly map dating from that turn)

29.05.2019 Animal tracking applications Ocean data to better understand marine animals in their environment

Argos satellite tracking makes it possible to follow the paths of tagged animals. This tracking data is invaluable, but sometimes it raises more questions than it answers. Why is the animal making a detour – or even a loop? Does it stay here or there for feeding, or for another…
Argonautica annual meeting 2019 (photo A. Willm for Cnes)

27.05.2019 Testimonies Kids on Argos tracks

Among Argos satellite telemetry users, we have kids and teachers, thanks to the Argonautica STEM educational project from the French Space Agency, Cnes. Representatives met last week to present the work done using the Argos and “Metoc” data in the Annual Argonautica Conference held in Montpellier. Argos has one…
Juvenile male Hen Harrier with an Argos PTT (Credits Les Steele)

17.05.2019 Animal tracking applications Argos helps reveal that British grouse moors are dangerous grounds for hen harriers

Hen Harriers is a protected species of raptor living in Great Britain. Until recently, their behaviour and habits had been observed mostly at specific times and areas. Argos PTTs have enabled monitoring a wide variety of individuals over long periods and studying threats from recreational shooting. The historic ornithological…
king penguins

25.04.2019 Animal tracking applications King penguins: Long-distance champion

The research team at Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC-CNRS) has been using the Argos system since the 1990s to study penguins on Crozet and Kerguelen Islands. One of the researchers from the team, Charles-André Bost, began using the Argos system in 1994 to learn more about the…

24.04.2019 Happy World Penguin Day from Argos

There are 18 species of penguins worldwide, living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. From the noble Emperor penguin to the smaller, Little penguins, these aquatic birds are extremely endearing and inspiring creatures. Argos satellite tracking has made it possible to study penguins not only in their remote and inhospitable (in…
Little penguins. Copyright Philipp Island Nature Parks.

23.04.2019 Protecting little penguins with Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks is a unique nature reserve, located on Australia’s Phillip Island, just a two hours’ drive from Melbourne. It is part of the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve and includes wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, woodlands and coastal scenery.  Phillip Island Nature Parks has used Argos satellite…

23.04.2019 Animal tracking applications Establishing a marine reserve for Magellanic penguins

From 1996 – 2018, the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels tracked 459 penguins from Punta Tombo using the Argos system, shedding new light on home range, foraging patterns, and how climate change influences these animals. Data collected has been used to design marine protected areas in the Province of Chubut, Argentina.
Photo copyright: Malgorzata Korczak Abshire

23.04.2019 Animal tracking applications Understanding penguin populations on the Antarctic peninsula

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982 with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life. The CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) was established to detect changes in the krill-based ecosystems, providing a basis…
polar bear

18.04.2019 marine animals Argos sheds light on polar bears’ changing summer habits

For some years one of the major problems of polar bears has been the dramatic reduction of their habitat, i.e. Arctic sea ice, during the summer time. The bears are thus faced with extreme conditions and must go inland, since the sea ice is retreating North too quickly. Argos PTTs…
Ocean Business

08.04.2019 Flash news Argos at Ocean Business in Southampton

The CLS Telemetry team will attend the Ocean Business trade fair in Southampton, UK, one of the UK’s premier ocean science and technology events, from April 9th-11th. Our teams will be present on Booth A12. Stop by to discuss your upcoming projects and learn about how Argos…
An Asian houbara equipped with an Argos PTT (Credits R. J. Burnside)

02.04.2019 Animal tracking applications Asian Houbara conservation

The Asian houbara is a bird highly adapted to its arid environment, with perfect camouflaging feathers and few natural predators. However, it is traditionally hunted using falcons in the Arabic peninsula, and with the increase of this hunting they are now threatened. Argos helps in defining a conservation strategy. A…

28.03.2019 Flash news Monaco Blue Initiative: Putting MPAs on the international agenda

The tenth edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative took place on March 24th-25th in Monaco under the presidency of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. This edition, like the previous editions, was was dedicated to Marine Protected Areas. The attendees supported ambitious goals for the protection of…
metoc data

25.03.2019 Flash news What Argos users are saying about MetOc data on ArgosWeb

Since February 21st, 2019, all Argos users benefit from a 3-month free access to meteorological and oceanographic data via the ArgosWeb mapping function. This data is easy to display, and is designed to be overlaid with tracking data, helping biologists make a quick, visual link with animal’s behavior and…

20.03.2019 Flash news Argos buoys help clean-up efforts after the Grande America

The CEPPOL (http://ceppol.fr/fr/), the French Navy’s Practical center of expertise for pollution control, uses Argos buoys to track pollution when an oil spill occurs at sea. This has been the case in the Atlantic Ocean since March 13, following the sinking of the Italian ship, Grande America, which emptied 2,200…

18.03.2019 Flash news Argos, satellite telemetry solution for new low-cost European WAVY drifters

The Argos system made it possible to relay the first in-situ observations of the open ocean by satellite in the early 1980s and continues to be a relevant technology for ocean science today, especially given that the new Kinéis constellation will launch 20 Argos-compatible nanosats starting in…
One of the tagged white shark (Credits OCEARCH)

25.02.2019 Animal tracking applications White sharks in eddies and meanders

Top predators play a key role in maintaining the health of open ocean ecosystems. Understanding how they relate to their environment is fundamental in order to monitor their populations and the state of the marine environment. White sharks, among others, have been tracked using Argos satellite telemetry, and their path…
whale

15.02.2019 Animal tracking applications Argos celebrates World Whale Day

Whales are some of the most fascinating creatures on Earth. They inhabit all of the world’s major oceans, including the Arctic, the Antarctic and the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. From the blue whale, which is the world’s largest, to the elegant narwhal, these enigmatic marine mammals attest…
narwhal

15.02.2019 Animal tracking applications Understanding the impact of human activity on narwhals in the Arctic

Wide-scale changes are taking place in the Arctic, with warmer temperatures leading to shrinking summer ice coverage.  More ice-free water means easier access for vessels and industrial operations, such as exploration for oil and gas, shipping, sand dredging and fisheries. Faced with these changes, how can we protect vulnerable Arctic marine…
Magellanic penguins, including one with an Argos tag on its back, and one Humboldt penguin (credits Antarctic Research Trust)

15.02.2019 marine animals Shedding new light on South American penguins home range

Humboldt and Magellanic penguins live in the southern tip of South America. On the Pacific coast, they benefit from the high productivity of the Humboldt Current but are also threatened by artisanal fisheries. They are thus considered as either vulnerable or near threatened, and conservation measures should be taken. Their…
A drifting CO2 measuring buoy just before deployment (Credits JAMSTEC)

31.01.2019 Oceanography and meteorological applications Measuring CO2 in faraway regions of the ocean

The ocean is one of the most important carbon sinks on Earth. Thus, accurate estimation of CO2 uptake by the ocean is important for predicting global climate change. Automated buoys with data collected by Argos satellite telemetry make it possible to measure CO2 over the whole ocean during long periods,…

24.01.2019 Flash news Argos system contributes to Argo program milestone

Last month, the international Argo program reached a very important milestone: Over 2 million ocean profiles have been collected by Argo since 1999, greatly improving the understanding of the world’s oceans. The Argos satellite telemetry system has contributed to this success, by relaying 70% (1.5 million) of these precious ocean…
An eel in the sea with a pop-up tag. Credits G. Simon, Perpignan University

17.01.2019 Animal tracking applications Eels, long-range travellers

Eels, threatened by pollution, virus and parasites, overfishing, habitat loss and climate change have seen their population drop in the past decades. Their life and behaviour are studied to better understand the causes of this decrease. Their migration – when adults cross the Atlantic to the Sargasso Sea to reproduce…

08.01.2019 Animal tracking applications Argos system contributes to French National Action Plan to protect Marine turtles in the Caribbean

In the French West Indies, five turtle species are threatened. This includes the hawksbill turtle, green turtle, leatherback turtle, loggerhead turtle and olive Ridley turtle. Three of these species are tracked closely by national and local authorities. Protecting wildlife with Argos The Argos system is one of the prinicipal technologies…
shark fin

18.12.2018 Animal tracking applications Argos satellite telemetry, an important tool for conserving migratory sharks

The 3rd Meeting of the Signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks took place from December 10-14th at the Museum for Oceanography of Monaco. It was hosted by the Principality of Monaco. This high-level meeting united government representatives, non-governmental organizations, conservationists, scientists…
EUCAW attendees

27.11.2018 Flash news The European User Conference on Argos Wildlife : A success

From November 21st to 22nd a group of biologists and Argos tag manufacturers from many countries gathered in Toulouse to share their work using the Argos system at the European Users Conference on Argos Wildlife (EUCAW). Presentations concentrated on more than 80 species and touched on topics as…
Forest elephant after attachment of PTT (Credits North Carolina Zoo)

23.11.2018 Animal tracking applications Argos helps to define a protected area for elephants in Cameroon

African elephants are under assault due primarily to the illicit ivory trade and, to a lesser extent, to habitat destruction and human incursions. Numbers are plummeting throughout most range states. Understanding elephant movement patterns, home ranges, land use patterns and corridor use are essential in developing conservation strategies.

20.11.2018 Flash news Argos-3 instrument successfully activated on EUMETSAT’s Metop-C satellite

On 16 November 2018, EUMETSAT’s control centre (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) successfully activated the Argos-3 instrument on the Metop-C satellite. The first signal received came from a beacon installed on a Senegalese fishing boat off Dakar, a tracking : first step for a sustainable management of…

20.11.2018 Animal tracking applications European Users Conference on Argos Wildlife

 Argos Forum #85 contents : Updates on Argos system & services Using Argos in the polar regions Tags & hardware Innovative techniques in bird tracking Using Argos to track the movements of large pelagics Long time-series of Argos data for historic bird studies Using Argos for research and conservation Future…

20.11.2018 Flash news European Users Conference on Argos Wildlife

  The European User Conference on Argos Wildlife will be held in Toulouse, France, on November 21st & 22nd, 2018.  Fifty users from 15 countries will present their fascinating projects for protecting biodiversity.   To discover the exciting work covered at this event, take a look at…