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Finding our way: on the sharing and reuse of animal telemetry data in Australasia

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Campbell, HA and Beyer, HL and Dennis, TE and Dwyer, RG and Forester, JD and Fukuda, Y and Lynch, C and Hindell, MA and Menke, N and Morales, JM and Richardson, C and Rodgers, E and Taylor, G and Watts, ME and Westcott, DA, Finding our way: on the sharing and reuse of animal telemetry data in Australasia, Science of the Total Environment, 534 pp. 79-84. ISSN 0048-9697 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.01.089

Abstract

The presence and movements of organisms both reflect and influence the distribution of ecological resources in space and time. The monitoring of animal movement by telemetry devices is being increasingly used to inform management of marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Here, we brought together academics, and environmental managers to determine the extent of animal movement research in the Australasian region, and assess the opportunities and challenges in the sharing and reuse of these data. This working group was formed under the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS), whose overall aim was to facilitate trans-organisational and transdisciplinary synthesis. We discovered that between 2000 and 2012 at least 501 peer-reviewed scientific papers were published that report animal location data collected by telemetry devices from within the Australasian region. Collectively, this involved the capture and electronic tagging of 12 656 animals. The majority of studies were undertaken to address specific management questions; rarely were these data used beyond their original intent. We estimate that approximately half (~500) of all animal telemetry projects undertaken remained unpublished, a similar proportion were not discoverable via online resources, and less than 8.8% of all animals tagged and tracked had their data stored in a discoverable and accessible manner. Animal telemetry data contain a wealth of information about how animals and species interact with each other and the landscapes they inhabit. These data are expensive and difficult to collect and can reduce survivorship of the tagged individuals, which implies an ethical obligation to make the data available to the scientific community. This is the first study to quantify the gap between telemetry devices placed on animals and findings/data published, and presents methods for improvement. Instigation of these strategies will enhance the cost-effectiveness of the research and maximise its impact on the management of natural resources.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:biotelemetry, conservation, GPS, ARGOS, movement ecology
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:106516
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-02-12
Last Modified:2016-09-05
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