Albatross conservation

Client Nigel Brothers and his team, with support from the Humane Society International, researched Albatross nesting grounds for over 20 years. Facing extinction, they needed to count these birds on remote Senkaku Islands. Geoimage provided high-resolution satellite imagery, enabling accurate population monitoring and aiding conservation efforts for this endangered species.


Humane Society International 

Area of Interest (AOI)

Senkaku Islands, East China Sea

Area captured

25 sqkm


WorldView-3, Maxar Technologies

Services provided

Tasking, Orthorectification, Pansharpening, Contrast Enhancement, False Colour


Nigel Brothers and his team, with the support of the Humane Society International, have been investigating Albatross nesting grounds and behaviour for over 20 years.


Albatross, a species of large seabird, is facing extinction due to various threats including marine pollution, climate change, longline and trawl fishing, invasive pests, and being hunted in the 1920s. To conserve these birds, Nigel and his team needed to identify and count Albatross nesting on the remote Senkaku Islands in the Pacific Ocean.


Geoimage was commissioned by Nigel to provide high-resolution satellite imagery to identify and count the Albatross on the Senkaku Islands. Ground counting and aerial photography were not always feasible due to the birds' remote location, making satellite imagery the only count possible. Geoimage provided 30cm high-resolution satellite imagery from WorldView-3 over two epochs. The 25 sqkm imagery was orthorectified, pansharpened, and enhanced using natural and false colour.

Natural colour
False colour

Natural and false colour WorldView-3 30-cm resolution satellite imagery comparisons processed by Geoimage. 


With the support of Geoimage, Nigel and his team were able to formulate a more accurate Albatross count via comparisons of the different imagery swaths. This data allowed them to monitor the population and take necessary conservation measures to protect the species.

WorldView-3 30-cm resolution satellite image of Senkaku Islands.
WorldView-3 30-cm resolution satellite image of Senkaku Islands, western North Pacific Oceanon 27 November 2020, with inset showing primary (P) and secondary (S) nest count areas of Short-tailed Albatrosses.


Using satellite imagery for animal conservation is an important future direction for the field. Geoimage was grateful to assist Nigel and his team in supporting the Agreement on Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) by providing the necessary satellite imagery for population counting. The Albatross population could be monitored and protected through the accurate data provided by Geoimage's satellite imagery, which would be helpful in future conservation efforts.

Want to work with us? Let’s talk

We are the experts in satellite imagery and geospatial solutions