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Animal-borne telemetry: an integral component of the ocean observing toolkit


Harcourt, R and Sequeira, AMM and Zhang, X and Roquet, F and Komatsu, K and Heupel, M and McMahon, C and Whoriskey, F and Meekan, M and Carroll, G and Brodie, S and Simpfendorfer, C and Hindell, MA and Jonsen, I and Costa, DP and Block, B and Muelbert, M and Woodward, B and Weise, M and Aarestrup, K and Biuw, M and Boehme, L and Bograd, SJ and Cazau, D and Charrassin, JB and Cooke, SJ and Cowley, P and de Bruyn, PJN and Jeanniard du Dot, T and Duarte, C and Eguiluz, VM and Ferreira, LC and Fernandez-Gracia, J and Goetz, K and Goto, Y and Guinet, C and Hammill, M and Hays, GC and Hazen, EL and Huckstadt, LA and Huveneers, C and Iverson, S and Jaaman, SA and Kittiwattanawong, K and Kovacs, KM and Lydersen, C and Moltmann, T and Naruoka, M and Phillips, L and Picard, B and Queiroz, N and Reverdin, G and Sato, K and Sims, DW and Thorstad, EB and Thums, M and Treasure, AM and Trites, AW and Williams, GD and Yonehara, Y and Fedak, MA, Animal-borne telemetry: an integral component of the ocean observing toolkit, Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, (JUN) Article 326. ISSN 2296-7745 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2019 Harcourt, Sequeira, Zhang, Roquet, Komatsu, Heupel,McMahon, Whoriskey, Meekan, Carroll, Brodie, Simpfendorfer, Hindell, Jonsen, Costa, Block, Muelbert,Woodward,Weise, Aarestrup, Biuw, Boehme, Bograd, Cazau, Charrassin, Cooke, Cowley, de Bruyn, Jeanniard du Dot, Duarte, Eguíluz, Ferreira, Fernández-Gracia, Goetz, Goto, Guinet, Hammill, Hays, Hazen, Hückstädt, Huveneers, Iverson, Jaaman, Kittiwattanawong, Kovacs, Lydersen,Moltmann, Naruoka, Phillips, Picard, Queiroz, Reverdin, Sato, Sims, Thorstad, Thums, Treasure, Trites, Williams, Yonehara and Fedak. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00326


Animal telemetry is a powerful tool for observing marine animals and the physical environments that they inhabit, from coastal and continental shelf ecosystems to polar seas and open oceans. Satellite-linked biologgers and networks of acoustic receivers allow animals to be reliably monitored over scales of tens of meters to thousands of kilometers, giving insight into their habitat use, home range size, the phenology of migratory patterns and the biotic and abiotic factors that drive their distributions. Furthermore, physical environmental variables can be collected using animals as autonomous sampling platforms, increasing spatial and temporal coverage of global oceanographic observation systems. The use of animal telemetry, therefore, has the capacity to provide measures from a suite of essential ocean variables (EOVs) for improved monitoring of Earth's oceans. Here we outline the design features of animal telemetry systems, describe current applications and their benefits and challenges, and discuss future directions. We describe new analytical techniques that improve our ability to not only quantify animal movements but to also provide a powerful framework for comparative studies across taxa. We discuss the application of animal telemetry and its capacity to collect biotic and abiotic data, how the data collected can be incorporated into ocean observing systems, and the role these data can play in improved ocean management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal tracking, ocean observing, animal telemetry, animal movement, movement analysis, EOV
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Biological oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
UTAS Author:Muelbert, M (Dr Monica Muelbert)
UTAS Author:Moltmann, T (Mr Tim Moltmann)
UTAS Author:Williams, GD (Mr Guy Williams)
ID Code:136824
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:93
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-01-20
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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