Segmenting Trajectories by Movement States

  • Maike Buchin
  • Helmut Kruckenberg
  • Andrea Kölzsch
Part of the Advances in Geographic Information Science book series (AGIS)


Dividing movement trajectories according to different movement states of animals has become a challenge in movement ecology, as well as in algorithm development. In this study, we revisit and extend a framework for trajectory segmentation based on spatio-temporal criteria for this purpose. We adapt and extend the framework to the setting of segmentation according to the individual movement states of an object, in particular an animal. We implement the framework and evaluate it at the example of tracks of migrating geese.


Trajectory segmentation Experimental evaluation 



This research was initiated at the Lorentz Center Workshop on Analysis and Visualization of Moving Objects. The authors are grateful to Marc van Kreveld, Emiel van Loon, Judy Shamoun-Baranes, and Bettina Speckmann for helpful discussions. We would like to thank the Vogelschutz-Komitee e.V. (VsK Hamburg), Alterra Wageningen-UR and the Dutch Society of Goosecatchers for the financial and technical support in catching and tracking the geese.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maike Buchin
    • 1
  • Helmut Kruckenberg
    • 2
  • Andrea Kölzsch
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceTUEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.European White-Fronted Goose Research ProgrammeVerdenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Animal Ecology and Project Group Movement EcologyNetherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)WageningenThe Netherlands

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