Today we are launching a new tool on Movebank to allow researchers and the public to link animal tracking data with information about the environment—like weather, habitat, elevation, and land use—from global environmental datasets. Check out the new Env-DATA link on the main menu to learn more about our new track annotation tool.
This release coincides with the publication of a paper describing the Env-DATA System in a new journal called Movement Ecology. The paper is publicly available here.
Also check out this animation showing foraging movements of Galapagos albatrosses along with wind movements and ocean chlorophyll—environmental information that can be accessed with the Env-DATA System. This video illustrates clearly why these birds would travel to the coast of South America for food.