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

Harcourt, Robert, Sequeira, Ana M.M., Zhang, Xuelei, Roquet, Fabien, Komatsu, Kosei, Heupel, Michelle, Mcmahon, Clive, Whoriskey, Fred, Meekan, Mark, Carroll, Gemma, Brodie, Stephanie, Simpfendorfer, Colin, Hindell, Mark, Jonsen, Ian, Costa, Daniel P., Block, Barbara, Muelbert, Mônica, Woodward, Bill, Weise, Mike, Aarestrup, Kim, Biuw, Martin, Boehme, Lars, Bograd, Steven J., Cazau, Dorian, Charrassin, Jean Benoit, Cooke, Steven J., Cowley, Paul, de Bruyn, P.J. Nico, Jeanniard du Dot, Tiphaine, Duarte, Carlos, Eguíluz, Víctor M., Ferreira, Luciana C., Fernández-Gracia, Juan, Goetz, Kimberly, Goto, Yusuke, Guinet, Christophe, Hammill, Mike, Hays, Graeme C., Hazen, Elliott, Hückstädt, Luis A., Huveneers, Charlie, Iverson, Sara, Jaaman, Saifullah Arifin, Kittiwattanawong, Kongkiat, Kovacs, Kit M., Lydersen, Christian, Moltmann, Tim, Naruoka, Masaru, Phillips, Lachlan, Picard, Baptiste, Queiroz, Nuno, Reverdin, Gilles, Sato, Katsufumi, Sims, David W., Thorstad, Eva B., Thums, Michele, Treasure, Anne M., Trites, Andrew W., Williams, Guy D., Yonehara, Yoshinari, and Fedak, Mike A. (2019) Animal-borne telemetry: an integral component of the ocean observing toolkit. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6. 326.

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Abstract

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 ID: 62087
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2296-7745
Keywords: Animal movement, Animal telemetry, EOV, Movement analysis, Ocean observing
Copyright Information: © 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. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY [4.0]). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Date Deposited: 11 May 2020 22:26
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060302 Biogeography and Phylogeography @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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