08.10.2021

Walrus From Space

Gaze down at the Arctic and see walrus, from space!

Join scientists from Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) to discuss the Walrus From Space project and learn how YOU can help them better understand the impacts of the climate crisis on walrus.

The climate crisis has put the Arctic in meltdown, with this polar region warming almost three times faster than the rest of the world. The sea ice walrus depend on is melting beneath them and we need to know more about how their populations are impacted.

WWF and BAS are asking the public to become ‘Walrus Detectives’ and help contribute to conservation science by searching for walrus in the thousands of satellite images taken from space. Over the next 5 years the project aims to carry out the first ever census of the Atlantic and Laptev walrus population using satellite imagery and explore what might happen to walrus in the context of rapid climate change. This will help scientists to better understand the impact of climate change on populations of this iconic species and help safeguard their future.

Our collective actions add up to something powerful, and we want you to be some of the first of the 500,000 people we hope to take part in this project as ‘citizen scientists’ over the next 5 years.

The sessions will begin with a presentation from one or more of the scientists leading the project, displaying imagery of walrus in the Arctic. Followed by a Q&A with the scientists and the opportunity to take part in the project and become a walrus scientist yourself!