Where caribou roam: advanced telemetry data management

The advent of radio-telemetry collars in the 1970’s transformed wildlife biology. For the first time, biologists could follow individual, highly mobile animals throughout the year. In the years since, telemetry collars have become much smaller, more accurate, and more technologically advanced. They have changed from bulky VHF collars that had to be located by an observer to smaller collars that can record frequent, highly accurate GPS locations, transmit locations daily via satellite, and can even be programmed to change the frequency of locations recorded when the animal is within a pre-defined area.The advances in telemetry collars have also been accompanied by a deluge of data as collars record locations as frequently as every 15 minutes and transmit new locations every day. 

At ABR, we partner with state and federal agencies and our industry clients to use telemetry collars deployed on caribou to learn more about caribou biology and their interactions with development. Over the years, we have made great advances in acquiring, managing, interpreting, and analyzing these data.

ABR has developed a PostgreSQL database that automates the process of receiving daily data updates, screening the data for errors, calculating information like movement rate and direction, and making the final databases and maps easily available over a secure website. This database contains tabular and spatial data and can run data analysis code written in Program R, giving us great flexibility to incorporate many types of analyses and calculations into an automated process. This powerful tool allows biologists to view maps online that are updated daily, evaluate the status of an animal, automate frequent data analysis tasks, and have easy access to the most up-to-date data.

Please contact us for additional information about our data management, analysis, and delivery services.

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