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Toward a national animal telemetry network for aquatic observations in the United States

February 3, 2016

Animal telemetry is the science of elucidating the movements and behavior of animals in relation to their environment or habitat. Here, we focus on telemetry of aquatic species (marine mammals, sharks, fish, sea birds and turtles) and so are concerned with animal movements and behavior as they move through and above the world’s oceans, coastal rivers, estuaries and great lakes. Animal telemetry devices (“tags”) yield detailed data regarding animal responses to the coupled ocean–atmosphere and physical environment through which they are moving. Animal telemetry has matured and we describe a developing US Animal Telemetry Network (ATN) observing system that monitors aquatic life on a range of temporal and spatial scales that will yield both short- and long-term benefits, fill oceanographic observing and knowledge gaps and advance many of the U.S. National Ocean Policy Priority Objectives. ATN has the potential to create a huge impact for the ocean observing activities undertaken by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and become a model for establishing additional national-level telemetry networks worldwide.

Publication Year 2016
Title Toward a national animal telemetry network for aquatic observations in the United States
DOI 10.1186/s40317-015-0092-1
Authors Barbara A. Block, Christopher Holbrook, Samantha E. Simmons, Kim N Holland, Jerald S. Ault, Daniel P. Costa, Bruce R Mate, Andrew C. Seitz, Michael D. Arendt, John Payne, Behzad Mahmoudi, Peter L. Moore, James Price, J. J. Levenson, Doug Wilson, Randall E Kochevar
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Animal Biotelemetry
Index ID 70164450
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center