MEPS 564:225-233 Supplementary Material

Castro de la Guardia L, Myers PG, Derocher AE, Lunn NJ, Terwisscha van Scheltinga AD
Sea ice cycle in western Hudson Bay, Canada, from a polar bear perspective
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Supplementary material

Supplemental text, tables and figures (.pdf, 3.3 MB)


Video S1


Video S1 shows the daily sea ice concentration (colour shade) in Hudson Bay from two remote sensing products: Bootstrap-v2 (left) and AMSR (right), from September 2004 to December 2009. Although local differences in the sea ice concentration between products may reach over 40%, especially along the southwestern coast of Hudson Bay, the sea ice concentration distribution, melt and freeze pattern are similar in both data sets.


In each panel, the sea ice concentration is overlaid by daily locations of satellite-tracked polar bears (black dots; 1 location per bear per day). The bears were collared in western Hudson Bay during late summer and early autumn, and the collars remained active for 1-2 yr, depending on e.g. battery life. Successful transmission of the GPS locations depended on a successful connection between the collar and the Argo Satellites, therefore the plotted locations suggest that the bears were either on the sea-ice surface or land (shaded grey). For visual purposes, the diameter of the bear locations has been enlarged to approx. 25 km.


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