Hypatia-trackRadar: A software for animal tracking using marine surveillance radars

Capotosti, S., Scacco, M., Nelli, L., Dell'Omo, G. and Panuccio, M. (2019) Hypatia-trackRadar: A software for animal tracking using marine surveillance radars. Ecological Informatics, 53, (doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2019.100972)

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Hypatia-trackRadar is a Java standalone application designed to help biologists extract and process bird movement data from marine surveillance radars. This application integrates simultaneous collection of radar data and field observations by allowing the user to link information gathered from visual observers (such as bird species and flock size) to the radar echoes. A virtual transparent sheet positioned on the radar screen allows the user to visually follow and track the echoes on the radar screen. The application translates the position of the echoes on the screen in a metric coordinate system. Based on time and spatial position of the echoes the software automatically calculates multiple flight parameters, such as ground speed, track length and duration. We validated Hypatia-trackRadar using an unmanned aerial vehicle. Here we present the features of this application software and its first use in a real case study in a raptor migration bottle-neck.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was supported by TERNA Rete Italia S.p.A. Additional support for the fieldwork was given by Ornis italica and MEDRAPTORS (Mediterranean Raptor Migration Network). M.P. was partially financed through a grant from Crowdfunding Platform ‘Universitiamo’ of the University of Pavia for the project ‘Wings Over the Straits’ and by Ornis italica. We acknowledge the support provided by COST—European Cooperation in Science and Technology through the Action ES1305 “European Network for the Radar Surveillance of Animal Movement” (ENRAM).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nelli, Dr Luca
Authors: Capotosti, S., Scacco, M., Nelli, L., Dell'Omo, G., and Panuccio, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Ecological Informatics
ISSN (Online):1574-9541
Published Online:08 June 2019

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