May 10, 2017 | Esme, Contemporary Science Volunteer

I don't envy those trying to study the endangered northern royal albatross. These birds live on remote sea stacks surrounded by steep cliffs, making it pretty tricky for researchers to get close enough to count them.

The WorldView-3 satellite has provided the perfect solution to this problem. Despite orbiting at an altitude of over 600 km, it can capture details as small as 30 cm at the Earth's surface, including albatrosses. This means their numbers can be monitored remotely.

I hope this technology can be used to help conserve all sorts of endangered species.

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Northern royal albatross

The birds appear as tiny white dots on the dark rocks in the satellite images.

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Image: Flickr/eddunens

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