Movement-based estimation and visualization of space use in 3D for wildlife ecology and conservation

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Abstract

Advances in digital biotelemetry technologies are enabling the collection of bigger and more accurate data on the movements of free-ranging wildlife in space and time. Although many biotelemetry devices record 3D location data with x, y, and z coordinates from tracked animals, the third z coordinate is typically not integrated into studies of animal spatial use. Disregarding the vertical component may seriously limit understanding of animal habitat use and niche separation. We present novel movement-based kernel density estimators and computer visualization tools for generating and exploring 3D home ranges based on location data. We use case studies of three wildlife species – giant panda, dugong, and California condor – to demonstrate the ecological insights and conservation management benefits provided by 3D home range estimation and visualization for terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife research.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Movement-based estimation and visualization of space use in 3D for wildlife ecology and conservation
Series title PLoS ONE
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0101205
Volume 9
Issue 7
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Public Library of Science
Publisher location San Francisco, CA
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
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