The mapping process
The Street View project lets viewers explore the tundra and see the polar bear migration.
The leaders of the polar bear mapping project hope that making the Google images available to anyone with an Internet connection will give the public a chance to see these charismatic creatures in the wild, and communicate the environmental threats the bears face.
Hopes for the future
PBI is also interested in using Street View's images for scientific research. Google trained PBI to use the trekker camera, and the nonprofit took a second round of images after the Hudson Bay froze over.
Off into the sunset
The effects of climate change pose serious threats to the survival of this charismatic, cute and curious creature.