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The R package move provides functions to access movement data stored in Movebank as well as tools to visualize and statistically analyze animal movement data. It is developed by Bart Kranstauber and Marco Smolla at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology. Functions allow users to

  • access data in the Movebank format, including data stored at movebank.org for which the user has access rights
  • visualize tracks as points, lines, and optionally include a Google map
  • calculate utilization density for a track using the dynamic Brownian bridge movement model (see Kranstauber et al. 2012)
  • visualize utilization density on a map and add contour lines

Additional resources:
Kranstauber, B., Kays, R., LaPoint, S.D., Wikelski, M. and Safi, K., 2012, A dynamic Brownian bridge movement model to estimate utilization distributions for heterogeneous animal movement: Journal of Animal Ecology, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.01955.x.

Kranstauber, B., LaPoint, S., 2014, The R package move: tutorial presented at the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment, May 7 2014. www.youtube.com/watch?v=izSfH8e_lX4

Kranstauber, B., 2014, Dynamic Brownian bridge movement models: tutorial presented at the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment, May 7 2014. www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UreY2ViVTE

LaPoint, S., 2014, Animal-defined movement corridors: tutorial presented at the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment, May 7 2014. www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Kr_mEtLdwA

For additional description, see http://computational-ecology.com/main-move.html

Compatibility with Movebank: 

This package allows you to directly access data in Movebank for which you have appropriate permissions.

Maintained by: 

Marco Smolla

How to Obtain: 

The package, user guide, and vignettes can be downloaded from http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/move/index.html

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