Alaska Science Center
ABOUT THE ALASKA
Weekly Highlights for 8-30-2012
A. Upcoming Events
No Upcoming Events highlights for this week
International Pilot Project Tests UAVs to Monitor Polar Bears
USGS Alaska Science Center scientist Seth Stapleton will be in Nunavut, Canada, in early September to evaluate the utility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and very high resolution satellite imagery to monitor polar bears. The pilot study will take place in the Foxe Basin region (north of Hudson Bay), and will include a ground-truthing helicopter aerial survey, an UAV survey that will capture still imagery and high resolution video, and procurement of high resolution satellite imagery. Data from the multiple collection methods will generate independent abundance estimates and allow feasibility of the methods to be compared. This research is part of an initiative within the USGS polar bear research program to develop less-invasive techniques. The study is an international collaboration with the Government of Nunavut Department of Environment; local Hunting and Trapping Organizations; Defence Research and Development Canada; Environment Canada; Polar Geospatial Center, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Contact: Todd Atwood Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7093
USGS Speaks at Public Lecture Program
In August, USGS Alaska Science Center scientists Margaret Petersen and Matt Sexson were interviewed by Beth Peluso (Audubon Alaska) for an article that will be published in the November issue of Alaska Magazine. The article, tentatively titled "The Mystery of the Disappearing Sea Ducks" provides a brief overview of Spectacled Eider ecology and the contribution of satellite telemetry data collected by USGS biologists in 1993 through 1996 and 2008 through 2012. A map of satellite telemetry data and internet links to project photos was also provided. More information on Spectacled Eiders may be found at: http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/seaducks/spei/index.php
On August 28, Todd Atwood, USGS Alaska Science Center Research Wildlife Biologist, was contacted by Nadine Tayar, Assistant Producer for the science documentary series Nature Shock. Nature Shock is a long-running series in the UK that takes a wildlife mystery and through interviews with scientists and eyewitnesses, follows the course of the investigation. Todd answered questions about the status of the Polar Bear Project's investigation into the cause of hair loss observed during the spring field season.
No Publications highlights for this week
No Hazards highlights for this week