Golden Eagle with transmitter. Photo Jeff Kidd.
A new center for wireless remote animal monitoring is now started at SLU in Umeå by a grant from the Kempe Foundation.
SLU in Umeå has developed methods for monitoring of fish and wildlife since 2003 and is leading in this field in Europe.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has with the support of the Kempe Foundation started the ”Umeå Center for Wireless Remote Animal Monitoring” (UC-WRAM). The Center is connected to SLU’s task for environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA) and is providing services for data capture, storage, and visualization of sensor data from fish and wildlife for Swedish research and management.
Wireless animal monitoring was started already 2003 at a small scale by Prof. Göran Ericsson and researcher Holger Dettki with the aim to follow a couple of GPS-collared moose in Västerbotten.
Since then the work has expanded due to the technical development of sensors and improved possibilities for real-time data transfer.
–UC-WRAM to date handles sensor data from 1633 wild animals and 19 different species, inSweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland with a total of 72.6 million data records on e.g., animal position, activity, body temperature, or heart frequency, says Holger Dettki, responsible for UC-WRAM.
Now the Kempe Foundation has granted 500 000 SEK for the start-up of a new center in Umeå.
–Through this support from the Kempe Foundation, together with support from the Swedish Research Council and SLU, we keep our leading position in the fish and wildlife area, says Göran Ericsson, chair professor foranimal ecology.
UC-WRAM is cooperating with the Swedish LifeWatch and the “Environment Climate Data Sweden” (ECDS) to make these sensor data searchable for the international research community in the future. The Center will also support participating research projects to fulfill the demands of the funding agencies to publish the collected data.
– UC-WRAM gives SLU’s environmental monitoring and assessment an additional powerful tool for internal and external cooperation, says Göran Ståhl, professor and Assistant Vice-Chancellor for SLU’s environmental monitoring and assessment.
Currently the database system WRAM 1 is upgraded during a three-year project financed by the Swedish Research Council into a national e-infrastructureand database network (WRAM 2) which will link together similar databases in Sweden, Europe, and the rest of the world, as e.g., CAnMove, MoveBank or EuroDeer.
–The investment in UC-WRAM will improve Swedish research by simplifying data cooperation between research environments and countries to answer cross-border climate and environment related question, says Holger Dettki.
Responsible for UC-WRAM: Holger Dettki, Ph.D., Dept. for Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, SLU, phone+46 90786 8505, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.slu.se/wram
Prof. Göran Ericsson, Dept. for Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies, SLU, phone +46 90 786 8508, email@example.com
Prof. Göran Ståhl,Assistant Vice-Chancellor for SLU’s environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA), SLU, phone+46 90786 8459, firstname.lastname@example.org