The course includes lectures, demonstrations, computer labs and practical exercises that introduce students to a selection of the most relevant techniques for biotelemetry and biologging field studies.
This includes VHF-telemetry, satellite-based tracking with GPS and “phone-tag” technologies, transponders, acoustic sensing systems and selected physiological and behavioural sampling telemetric methods. Relevant technologies and analytical tools for environmental remote sensing will also be introduced.
The course will include practical exercises and data processing methods. Laws and regulations pertaining to animal welfare and radio transmissions associated with the use of telemetric equipment and instrumentation of wild animals will be dealt with in lecture and discussion sessions. Students will have the opportunity to join field work in on-going research programmes – the specifics of which will depend on the availability of such research projects within the time frame of the course. The students will present research seminars, oral reports from course activities and literature critiques, and draft research proposals.
Basic principles for radio signal transmission & antenna theory
Telemetric technology, regulations and management of frequencies
Ethics (animal welfare) in biotelemetry/biologging
Introduction to VHF-based telemetry and GPS-positioning systems in biotelemetry- transmitters applications and limitations
Telemetry & biologging equipment - a manufacturers perspective
User “issues” – another manufacturer’s perspective – trouble shooting
Maps, mapping and GPS technology - Practical applications
Acoustic telemetry - Methods & Science questions
Range size, habitat use etc. (Storage, and retrieval of data and the integration of animal tracks and terrestrial environmental data)
An introduction to GIS tools
Design considerations/limitations in marine mammal biotelemetry
Biotelemetry and biologging with Svalbard’s marine mammals – case studies
Linking marine mammal telemetry & the environment - MAMVIS & statistical tools
Remote methods in sea bird research – transponders, photographic & case studies
Physiological telemetry - applications and potential
- Looking into the future....
|Language of instruction||English|
|Institution||University Centre in Svalbard|
|Fields of study||Biology and biochemistryLife science (broad programmes)|
|Teaching term||Spring (every second year)|
|Tags||gpsvhf-telemetryphone-tagtranspondersacoustic sensingantenna theorytelemetric technologyradio signal tansmissionacoustic telemetrytelemetry|