Ongoing Long Term Data Collection (George Durner)

Video Shot in: 2022

Dr. George Durner emphasizes the significance of long-term data collected through the polar bear research program, which owes much to the efforts of Dr. Steve Amstrup in establishing it back in the early ’80s. Extensive data and samples have proved invaluable in understanding the changing dynamics of polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea. With advancements in analytical techniques, both chemical and computational, and with the collaboration of brilliant minds, researchers have been able to gain insights into the effects of a warming climate on polar bears. The data derived from this research is crucial for regulatory agencies in developing conservation policies to protect polar bears in the face of ongoing climate changes.