Bears from Space?

Bears from space: scientists try to count polar bears using satellite imagery

 By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press.  In the Calgary Herald, February 26, 2014
Churchill, Manitoba, -22C Pictured: Polar bears are pictured near Churchill during a Canadian Classic tour. Photograph by: Courtesy, Jeff Cooper, Herald Archive
Churchill, Manitoba, -22C
Pictured: Polar bears are pictured near Churchill during a Canadian Classic tour.
Photograph by: Courtesy, Jeff Cooper, Herald Archive

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

 

 

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