The disaster for the colony in Terre Adelie
in East Antarctica was down to unusually extensive sea ice late in the summer - despite low ice early in the season - which meant penguins had to travel further for food and the chicks starved.
Jenouvrier is part of an international team studying an Emperor penguin colony in Terre Adelie
, in east Antarctica.
Contractor address : Rue de la Terre Adelie
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If global temperatures continue to rise, however, the large colony of emperor penguins in Terre Adelie
in East Antarctica may eventually disappear, according to a study led by researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts combined information from climate models and forecasts for sea-ice melting with long-term population data from an emperor penguin colony at Terre Adelie
Data gathered at a penguin rookery in Terre Adelie
, Antarctica, showed that when winter sea ice dropped an average of 11 percent for several consecutive years, the penguin population also took a nosedive.
Scientists based their pessimistic outlook on the long-term changes to the number of emperor penguins in a colony living in a part of the Antarctic Peninsula called Terre Adelie
, which has been surveyed regularly since 1962 and has experienced regional warming over the past 50 years.
Since 1950, ornithologists in Terre Adelie
, Antarctica, have kept careful track of when nine species of seabirds arrive and lay their first eggs.
France's Southern Ocean and Antarctic territories (collectivite territoriale des Terres australes et antarctiques francaises - TAAF) include the Kerguelen and Crozet Islands, Amsterdam and Saint-Paul and Terre Adelie
, the French part of the Antarctic continent.