Bears from space: scientists try to count polar bears using satellite imagery
They look like tiny white specks on a mottled grey background.
They’re polar bears seen from space — using the newest tool in the kit for scientists to monitor Canada’s populations of the mighty Arctic predator.
“They really do stand out as a bright white dot against that dark grey landscape,” said Seth Stapleton, a University of Minnesota scientist pioneering the technique.
High-resolution satellite images are being increasingly used by scientists to get a look at animals living in remote, expensive-to-reach places. They’ve already been used on penguins, walruses, seals and whales. Click to read more