Hello Tomnod crowd!
Well, you’ve done it. You’ve helped us do something no one in the history of the planet has ever been able to do.
You’ve made a previously impossible task possible, by helping us cover nearly half the coastline of the Antarctica continent, searching for seals. In fact, more than 318,000 of you engaged in our Satellites Over Seals campaign over the past few months! Here’s how awesome you are:
You have looked at, in total, 550 images completely in just a few months – in some cases these images were searched 10 times. That’s the equivalent of 5,500 images – and that is simply unprecedented. If I wanted to search 5,500 images it would take me alone 229 days of nonstop searching with no breaks for sleeping or eating. You’re incredible!
All those images equates to more than 105,000 km2 of fast ice being searched. That amount of ice would nearly cover the entire country of Cuba – and you helped us search through it in just a couple of months!
You’re incredibly accurate. As a matter of fact, 100% of the time that you vote “No Seals”, you’re correct. You can’t get that kind of accuracy with hardly anything, and that makes our ability to analyze the data even easier. THANK YOU!
We quite literally could not do our research without you. And because of your help, we are currently working on several publications and we will be presenting these results at an international conference next summer. As soon as we know where seals live and why, you will be the first to know!
But there is still more to do… the Antarctic coastline is HUGE, as you now know, but we’re almost there! We have East Antarctica left to search… and then? Well, then it’s our job to get results back to you so you can see for yourselves what you’ve helped us accomplish. We can’t wait to do that, but we just need your help for a little while longer.
Join us, will you?? www.tomnod.com
All my best!