From Agricultural Benefits to Aviation Safety: Realizing the Potential of Continent-Wide Radar Networks

Bauer, S; Chapman, JW; Reynolds, DR; Alves, JA; Dokter, AM; Menz, Myles; Sapir, N; Ciach, M; Petterson, LB; Kelly, JF; Leijnse, H; Shamoun-Baranes, J (2017). From Agricultural Benefits to Aviation Safety: Realizing the Potential of Continent-Wide Radar Networks. BioScience, 67(10), pp. 912-918. American Institute of Biological Sciences 10.1093/biosci/bix074

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Migratory animals provide a multitude of services and disservices—with benefits or costs in the order of billions of dollars annually. Monitoring, quantifying, and forecasting migrations across continents could assist diverse stakeholders in utilizing migrant services, reducing disservices, or mitigating human–wildlife conflicts. Radars are powerful tools for such monitoring as they can assess directional intensities, such as migration traffic rates, and biomass transported. Currently, however, most radar applications are local or small scale and therefore substantially limited in their ability to address large-scale phenomena. As weather radars are organized into continent-wide networks and also detect “biological targets,” they could routinely monitor aerial migrations over the relevant spatial scales and over the timescales required for detecting responses to environmental perturbations. To tap these unexploited resources, a concerted effort is needed among diverse fields of expertise and among stakeholders to recognize the value of the existing infrastructure and data beyond weather forecasting.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE)

UniBE Contributor:

Menz, Myles

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0006-3568

Publisher:

American Institute of Biological Sciences

Language:

English

Submitter:

Alexander Strauss

Date Deposited:

11 Jun 2018 09:52

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 10:58

Publisher DOI:

10.1093/biosci/bix074

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.116218

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/116218

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