Researchers turn to satellite monitoring to count polar bear populations

July 10, 2014 3:29 AM

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For polar bears, iconic Arctic animals that are coping with diminished sea ice and a rapidly-changing habitat, population numbers are important. But for biologists trying to learn those numbers, the job of counting white bears in a vast white landscape is difficult, expensive and sometimes dangerous.

Now, polar bear researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and other organizations have found a potential solution -- a method of using high-resolution satellite imagery to count polar bears from space.

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