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Designing satellite tagging studies: estimating and optimizing data recovery


Patterson, TA and Hartmann, K, Designing satellite tagging studies: estimating and optimizing data recovery, Fisheries Oceanography, 20, (6) pp. 449-461. ISSN 1054-6006 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2419.2011.00595.x


Satellite telemetry is used routinely to collect and transmit movement, behaviour and environmental data from free-ranging animals. Satellite tags (hereafter SATs) are essential for collecting in situ data from animals where manual retrieval of a data logger is impossible. The collected data is fundamental for scientific and many management applications. However, the amount of data a SAT can transmit is limited by its battery life, transmission opportunities, bandwidth and satellite coverage. When designing a SAT study, these factors should be taken into account to ensure that limited transmissions are utilized as effectively as possible. In this paper we present a theoretical discussion of the factors that influence the data transmission and present tools for designing effective SAT studies. We calculate the optimal sampling period for the tag given its expected lifetime and regional variation in satellite coverage. Taking these factors into account allows prediction of the expected number of tags required to meet targets for a deployment. These methods are applied to a case study of a highly migratory pelagic fish tagged with popup archival satellite tags (PSATs). Our findings will be useful for SAT study design in general and demonstrate an approach which can reduce the ad hoc nature of SAT deployments.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal movement, behaviour, pop-up tags, satellite tagging, study design
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hartmann, K (Dr Klaas Hartmann)
ID Code:73226
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2011-09-22
Last Modified:2015-01-28
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