April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
Combining GPS tracking data with satellite weather and terrain information, scientists are creating a fresh look at animal movement with a big data approach.
The new Environmental-Data Automated Track Annotation (Env-DATA), detailed in the journal Movement Ecology, can track millions of data points and serve over 100 scientists simultaneously.
“This is a powerful tool for understanding how weather and land forms affect migration patterns,” co-founder Dr. Roland Kays, a zoologist with North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, said. “Ultimately it will help us answer global questions about how changes to our planet affect animal populations and movement.”