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Management and Research Applications of Long-range Surveillance Radar Data for Birds, Bats, and Flying Insects

Fact Sheet 2008-3095

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Abstract

There is renewed interest in using long-range surveillance radar as a biological research tool due to substantial improvements in the network of radars within the United States. Technical improvements, the digital nature of the radar data, and the availability of computing power and geographic information systems, enable a broad range of biological applications. This publication provides a summary of long-range surveillance radar technology and applications of these data to questions about movement patterns of birds and other flying wildlife. The intended audience is potential radar-data end users, including natural-resource management and regulatory agencies, conservation organizations, and industry. This summary includes a definition of long-range surveillance radar, descriptions of its strengths and weaknesses, information on applications of the data, cost, methods of calibration, and what end users need to do, and some key references and resources.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Management and Research Applications of Long-range Surveillance Radar Data for Birds, Bats, and Flying Insects
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2008-3095
Edition:
Version 1.0
Year Published:
2008
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
4 p.