Scientists to develop a methodology to assess state of Arctic ecosystem using data on polar bears
«The task before us is to find correlates (parameters of correlation) showing the relationship between the state of ecosystems and animals that are indicators of the state of the ecosystem, such as polar bears,» the scientist said.
The RAS Polar Bear Research Programme started in 2010, he explained. To study the bears and their behaviour, collars with sensors are attached to the animals, in order to track their movements. Also, the Institute carries out hormonal, genetic, isotope, and other studies based on the results of the expedition, which makes it possible to understand what the bears feed on and how they adapt to the climate change.