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Env-DATA updates: ECMWF back and new MODIS Land products

ECMWF variables are back, and the following MODIS Land products are also now active in Env-DATA:

- Terra Vegetation Indices 250-m 16-day (MOD13Q1 V005)

- Aqua Vegetation Indices 250-m 16-day (MYD13Q1 V005)

New feed to Followit Tellus collars and new options in the Event Editor

Just released additions on the site!

Reprocessed MODIS Ocean now available in Env-DATA

The MODIS Ocean products in Env-DATA have been updated to access the 2014.0 reprocessed mapped Aqua and Terra data now provided by MODIS Ocean (see here). Details about this reprocessing are available here. The older data products are no longer available from the provider or Env-DATA.

Our January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Movebank users,

We begin the new year in the midst of continued growth and new beginnings, and with a request for feedback. Researchers are currently using Movebank to store nearly 250 million animal locations in over 2,200 user-created studies. Movebank's growth (see charts below) reflects both an increase in users and an increasing number of high-resolution tags recording animal movements around the world.

Animal Tracker

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The Animal Tracker app (available for Android, iPad, and iPhone) allows the public to follow the movements of animals being tracked using live feeds in Movebank. Users can animate recent movements, view information about the research project and individual animals, and contribute images of the animals or their habitat. Any Movebank user who is using live feeds and has their data available to the public can participate by contacting support@movebank.org.

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The app accesses data directly from Movebank.

Maintained by: 
How to Obtain: 

The app can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store.

trip

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The R package trip provides functions to manipulate spatial data for animal tracking, in particular functions for

  • dealing with outliers, duplicate records, and irregular timestamps
  • working with Argos data
  • calculating trajectory statistics and time spent grids

It is developed by Michael D. Sumner at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania and Sebastián Luque at the University of Manitoba.

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The package does not access data directly from Movebank. However, movement data can be downloaded from Movebank in csv format for use in R.

Maintained by: 

Michael D. Sumner

How to Obtain: 

The package, user manual, and vignette can be downloaded from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/trip

crawl

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The (C)orrelated (RA)ndom (W)alk (L)ibrary of R functions (crawl package) has functions to fit continuous-time correlated random walk models to animal telemetry data.

It is developed by Devin S. Johnson at NOAA.

Additional resources:
Johnson, D.S., London, J.M., Lea, M-A., and Durban, J.W., 2008, Continuous-time correlated random walk model for animal telemetry data: Ecology 89(5) 1208–1215. doi:10.1890/07-1032.1

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The package does not access data directly from Movebank. However, movement data can be downloaded from Movebank in csv format for use in R.

Maintained by: 

Devin S. Johnson

How to Obtain: 

The package and user manual can be downloaded from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/crawl.

mkde

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The R package mkde provides functions to compute and visualize movement-based kernel density estimates (MKDEs) for animal utilization distributions in 2 or 3 spatial dimensions. The third Z dimension can represent altitude (for flying animals), elevation (for terrestrial animals), or depth (for aquatic animals). The calculations can incorporate raster layers of elevation or bathymetry.

It was developed by Jeff A. Tracey, James Sheppard, Jun Zhu, Robert Sinkovts, Amit Chourasia, Glenn Lock-
wood, and Robert N. Fisher.

Additional resources:

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The package does not access data directly from Movebank. However, movement data can be downloaded from Movebank in csv format for use in R.

Maintained by: 

Jeff A. Tracey

How to Obtain: 

The package and user manual can be downloaded from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/mkde

ArcMET: Movement Ecology Tools for ArcGIS

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ArcMET (Movement Ecology Tools for ArcGIS) is a package of tools built and designed by Jake Wall at the University of British Columbia for GIS data analysis within the fields of movement ecology and wildlife conservation. The program includes toolsets for analyzing movement trajectories, proximity, range, and utilization distributions.

Compatibility with Movebank: 

This program does not interact directly with Movebank. However, data in Movebank can be downloaded as an ESRI shapefile for use with ArcGIS and this extension.

Maintained by: 

Jake Wall

How to Obtain: 

The software and user manual can be downloaded from www.movementecology.net.

Galapagos tortoise on the rim of Alcedo Volcano

Langsam geht es nordwärts

Eamy ist nun seit über vier Wochen verschollen und lebt vermutlich nicht mehr. Sierit hat nach längerer Pause wieder Daten geschickt und ist auf zügigem Kurs nach Norden. Zozu und Karamell haben zu unterschiedlichen Zeitpunkten die Mülldeponie in Kenitra verlassen und sich auf einer anderen Deponie weiter nördlich (bei Ksar-el-Kebir in  Nord-Marokko) eingefunden. Am 29.3.2014 erreichte auch Yolo genau diese Stelle, nachdem er die meiste Zeit des Winters im Grenzgebiet Senegal / Gambia zugebracht hatte. (Fie)

Junge Weißstörche mit Telemetrieloggern (Böhringen 2013)

Noch 5 Jungstörche leben

Von unseren 12 Jungstörchen, die 2013 aus Böhringen gestartet sind, sind noch 5 am Leben. Das entspricht ungefähr der Rate, die wir aus Studien an beringten Störchen kennen. Eamy, Karamell und Zozu halten sich nahe der marokkanischen Stadt Kénitra auf, Sierit ist etwas südlicher bei Rabat. Alle vier scheinen die dortigen Mülldeponien zur Nahrungssuche zu nutzen. Am weitesten entfernt ist Yolo, der an der Grenze zwischen Senegal und Gambia herumstreift.

Home Range Tools (HRT)

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The HRT is an extension for ArcGIS to analyze animal home ranges developed by Arthur R. Rodgers at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and a group of collaborators. The Home Range Extension (HRE) is a similar extension but for ArcView. In addition to home range calculations using several methods, the program supports calculation of other movement statistics and has a data animation tool.

Additional resources:

Compatibility with Movebank: 

These programs do not interact directly with Movebank. However, data in Movebank can be downloaded as an ESRI shapefile for use with ArcGIS or ArcView and these extensions.

Maintained by: 

Arthur R. Rodgers

How to Obtain: 

The software and user manuals can be downloaded from http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~arodgers/hre.

DCRW and DCRWS state-space models

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This code supports state-space modelling of animal movement data using two models: DCRW (first-difference correlated random walk) and DCRWS (first-difference correlated random walk with switching). These models accomodate complex error structure in tracking data and allow fitting of behavioral models.

Additional resources:

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The package does not interact directly with Movebank. 

Maintained by: 

unknown

How to Obtain: 

The scripts and sample data can be downloaded from http://www.esapubs.org/archive/ecol/E086/156/suppl-1.htm

RNCEP

The R package RNCEP provides functions to retrieve, organize, and visualize weather data from the NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis and NCEP/DOE Reanalysis II weather datasets provided online by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Functions allow users to

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The package does not interact directly with Movebank. However, movement data can be downloaded from Movebank in csv format for use with R.

Maintained by: 

Michael U. Kemp

How to Obtain: 

The package and user manual can be downloaded from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/RNCEP

tripEstimation

The R package tripEstimation provides data handling and estimation functions for animal movement estimation using data from archival or satellite tags, including code for light-level geolocation. Helper functions are included for making image summaries, binned by time interval, from Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations of point data. It was developed by Michael D. Sumner and Simon Wotherspoon at the University of Tasmania.

Additional resources:

Compatibility with Movebank: 

The package does not interact directly with Movebank. However, Movebank can be used to archive raw light-level data and derived locations as described here, and movement data can be downloaded from Movebank in csv format for use with R.

Maintained by: 

Michael D. Sumner

How to Obtain: 

The package and user manual can be downloaded from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/tripEstimation/index.html

Animal Movement Analysis

This extension of ESRI's ArcView program contains more than 40 functions for analyzing animal movement data, including home range estimates and other movement statistics. This program was developed by Philip Hooge at the U.S. Geologial Survey and William Eichenlaub at the National Park Service.

Additional resources:

Compatibility with Movebank: 

This extension does not interact directly with Movebank. However, data in Movebank can be downloaded as an ESRI shapefile for use with ArcGIS software and this extension.

Maintained by: 

This software extension is no longer being maintained.

adehabitat

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The R package adehabitat provides over 250 functions for the analysis of habitat selection by animals, including functions for

  • habitat selection and ecological niche analysis
  • home range estimation
  • animal trajectory analysis
  • working with raster maps along with trajectory data

The functions are divided into four packages:

Compatibility with Movebank: 

These packages do not access data directly from Movebank. However, movement data can be downloaded from Movebank in csv format for use with R.

Maintained by: 

Clement Calange

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