Seals on an ice flow, as picked out by the Boulder Labs image recognition system (Photo: CIRES)
Scientists are using a Scan Eagle UAV and image recognition software to track seals on the diminishing Arctic ice cap (Photo: Boeing)
The Arctic region is currently experiencing a warming trend which is seeing the ice cap break apart, and may even ultimately result in the total absence of ice in the summer months. Many scientists attribute this trend to man made global warming, but whatever the cause, it’s not good news for the seals that breed, rest, and escape marine predators on the ice. In an effort to understand the full scope of the situation, scientists have turned to the Boeing-designed Scan Eagle – an unmanned aerial vehicle more often used for military reconnaissance.
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