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Monitoring animal behaviour and environmental interactions using wireless sensor networks, GPS collars and satellite remote sensing

Handcock, R.N., Swain, D.L., Bishop-Hurley, G.J., Patison, K.P., Wark, T., Valencia, P., Corke, P. and O’Neill, C.J. (2009) Monitoring animal behaviour and environmental interactions using wireless sensor networks, GPS collars and satellite remote sensing. Sensors, 9 (5). pp. 3586-3603.

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Abstract

Remote monitoring of animal behaviour in the environment can assist in managing both the animal and its environmental impact. GPS collars which record animal locations with high temporal frequency allow researchers to monitor both animal behaviour and interactions with the environment. These ground-based sensors can be combined with remotely-sensed satellite images to understand animal-landscape interactions. The key to combining these technologies is communication methods such as wireless sensor networks (WSNs). We explore this concept using a case-study from an extensive cattle enterprise in northern Australia and demonstrate the potential for combining GPS collars and satellite images in a WSN to monitor behavioural preferences and social behaviour of cattle.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: MDPI AG
Copyright: © 2009 MDPI AG
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35186
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