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Spatial Database for GPS Wildlife Tracking Data

A Practical Guide to Creating a Data Management System with PostgreSQL/PostGIS and R

  • Teaches to manage and process GPS wildlife tracking data in a standardized manner

  • Broadens the perspective on the potentialities offered by GPS wildlife tracking data and related biological and environmental information

  • Allow to make the best of bio-telemetry data to answer prominent and relevant ecological questions

  • Saves time and money through proposing highly efficient data management and analyses procedures with open source software

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Wildlife Tracking Data Management: Chances Come from Difficulties

    • Holger Dettki, Ferdinando Urbano, Mathieu Basille, Francesca Cagnacci
    Pages 1-7
  3. Storing Tracking Data in an Advanced Database Platform (PostgreSQL)

    • Ferdinando Urbano, Holger Dettki
    Pages 9-24
  4. Spatial is not Special: Managing Tracking Data in a Spatial Database

    • Ferdinando Urbano, Mathieu Basille
    Pages 53-73
  5. From Points to Habitat: Relating Environmental Information to GPS Positions

    • Ferdinando Urbano, Mathieu Basille, Pierre Racine
    Pages 75-93
  6. Tracking Animals in a Dynamic Environment: Remote Sensing Image Time Series

    • Mathieu Basille, Ferdinando Urbano, Pierre Racine, Valerio Capecchi, Francesca Cagnacci
    Pages 95-114
  7. Data Quality: Detection and Management of Outliers

    • Ferdinando Urbano, Mathieu Basille, Francesca Cagnacci
    Pages 115-137
  8. Exploring Tracking Data: Representations, Methods and Tools in a Spatial Database

    • Ferdinando Urbano, Mathieu Basille, Pierre Racine
    Pages 139-180
  9. A Step Further in the Integration of Data Management and Analysis: Pl/R

    • Mathieu Basille, Ferdinando Urbano, Joe Conway
    Pages 213-229
  10. Deciphering Animals’ Behaviour: Joining GPS and Activity Data

    • Anne Berger, Holger Dettki, Ferdinando Urbano
    Pages 231-244

About this book

This book guides animal ecologists, biologists and wildlife and data managers through a step-by-step procedure to build their own advanced software platforms to manage and process wildlife tracking data. This unique, problem-solving-oriented guide focuses on how to extract the most from GPS animal tracking data, while preventing error propagation and optimizing analysis performance. Based on the open source PostgreSQL/PostGIS spatial database, the software platform will allow researchers and managers to integrate and harmonize GPS tracking data together with animal characteristics, environmental data sets, including remote sensing image time series, and other bio-logged data, such as acceleration data. Moreover, the book shows how the powerful R statistical environment can be integrated into the software platform, either connecting the database with R, or embedding the same tools in the database through the PostgreSQL extension Pl/R. The client/server architecture allows users to remotely connect a number of software applications that can be used as a database front end, including GIS software and WebGIS. Each chapter offers a real-world data management and processing problem that is discussed in its biological context; solutions are proposed and exemplified through ad hoc SQL code, progressively exploring the potential of spatial database functions applied to the respective wildlife tracking case. Finally, wildlife tracking management issues are discussed in the increasingly widespread framework of collaborative science and data sharing. GPS animal telemetry data from a real study, freely available online, are used to demonstrate the proposed examples. This book is also suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, if accompanied by the basics of databases.    

 

Keywords

  • Bio-telemetry
  • GPS wildlife tracking data
  • Movement Ecology
  • Tracking Sensors
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Management

Editors and Affiliations

  • Università Iuav di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    Ferdinando Urbano

  • Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all’Adige, Italy

    Francesca Cagnacci

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 129.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-03743-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)