The Movebank data model for animal tracking

B. Kranstauber, Alison Cameron, R. Weinzerl, T. Fountain, S. Tilak, M. Wikelski, R. Kays

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Studies of animal movement are rapidly increasing as tracking technologies make it possible to collect more data of a larger variety of species. Comparisons of animal movement across sites, times, or species are key to asking questions about animal adaptation, responses to climate and land-use change. Thus, great gains can be made by sharing and exchanging animal tracking data. Here we present an animal movement data model that we use within the Movebank web application to describe tracked animals. The model facilitates data comparisons across a broad range of taxa, study designs, and technologies, and is based on the scientific questions that could be addressed with the data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)834-835
Number of pages2
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Issue number6
Early online date08 Jan 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecological Modelling
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Software

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    Kranstauber, B., Cameron, A., Weinzerl, R., Fountain, T., Tilak, S., Wikelski, M., & Kays, R. (2011). The Movebank data model for animal tracking. Environmental Modelling and Software, 26(6), 834-835.