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Monitoring animal behaviour and environmental interactions using wireless sensor networks, GPS collars and satellite remote sensing

By Rebecca N. Handcock, Dave L. Swain, Greg. J Bishop-Hurley, Kym P. Patison, Tim Wark, Philip Valencia, Peter Corke and Christopher J. O'Neill

Abstract

Remote monitoring of animal behaviour in the environment can assist in managing both the animal and its environmental impact. GPS collars which record animal locations with high temporal frequency allow researchers to monitor both animal behaviour and interactions with the environment. These ground-based sensors can be combined with remotely-sensed satellite images to understand animal-landscape interactions. The key to combining these technologies is communication methods such as wireless sensor networks (WSNs). We explore this concept using a case-study from an extensive cattle enterprise in northern Australia and demonstrate the potential for combining GPS collars and satellite images in a WSN to monitor behavioural preferences and social behaviour of cattle

Topics: 090600 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, animal-landscape interactions, high fix-rate GPS, social behaviour, cattle, telemetry data, extensive cattle system
Publisher: MDPI
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.3390/s90503586
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:33753

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