Right on track? : performance of satellite telemetry in terrestrial wildlife research

Hofman, M. P. G. (Wildlife Sciences, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany ; School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom) ; Hayward, M. W. (School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, Bangor, United Kingdom ; Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa) ; Heim, M. (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim, Norway) ; Marchand, P. (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Direction de la Recherche et de l'Expertise, Unité Ongulés Sauvages, Juvignac, France ; LECA, CNRS, Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France) ; Rolandsen, C. M. (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim, Norway) ; Mattisson, J. (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim, Norway) ; Urbano, F. (Freelance consultant, Milano, Italy) ; Heurich, M. (Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany ; Department of Conservation and Research, Bavarian Forest National Park, Grafenau, Germany) ; Mysterud, A. (Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway) ; Melzheimer, J. (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany) ; Morellet, N. (CEFS, Université de Toulouse, INRA, Castanet-Tolosan, France) ; Voigt, U. (Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany) ; Allen, B. L. (University of Southern Queensland, Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia) ; Gehr, B. (Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland ; Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, UMR 5175, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Montpellier, France) ; Rouco, C. (Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management, Landcare Research, Dunedin, New Zealand ; Department of Zoology, Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain) ; Ullmann, W. (University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany ; Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany) ; Holand, O. (Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway) ; Jorgensen, N. H. (Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway) ; Steinheim, G. (Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway) ; Cagnacci, F. (Department of Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology, Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele all'Adige, Italy M. Kroeschel) ; Kroeschel, M. (Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany ; Forest Research Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Freiburg, Germany) ; Kaczensky, P. (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim, Norway ; Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria) ; Buuveibaatar, B. (Wildlife Conservation Society, Mongolia Program, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) ; Payne, J. C. (Wildlife Conservation Society, Mongolia Program, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) ; Palmegiani, I. (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany) ; Jerina, K. (University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Department for Forestry, Ljubljana, Slovenia) ; Kjellander, P. (Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Riddarhyttan, Sweden) ; Johansson, O. (Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Riddarhyttan, Sweden ; Snow Leopard Trust, Seattle, United States of America) ; LaPoint, S. (Department of Migration and Immuno-ecology, Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany ; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, United States of America) ; Bayrakcismith, R. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; Linnell, J. D. C. (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim, Norway) ; Zaccaroni, M. (Department of Biology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy) ; Jorge, M. L. S. (Vanderbilt University, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Nashville, TN, United States of America) ; Oshima, J. E.F. (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Zoologia, Laboratório de Ecologia Espacial e Conservação, Instituto de Biociências, Departamento de Ecologia, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Rio Claro, Brasil) ; Songhusrt, A. (Ecoexist, Maun, Botswana, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom ; Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America) ; Fischer, Claude (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Mc Bride Jr., R. T. (Faro Maro Ecoresearch, Departamento de Boquerón, Paraguay) ; Thompson, J. J. (Guyra Paraguay—CONACYT, Asunción, Paraguay, Instituto Saite, Asunción, Paraguay ; The Ronin Institute, Montclair, NJ, United States of America) ; Streif, S. (Forest Rsearch Institute of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Freiburg, Germany) ; Sandfort, R. (Institute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria) ; Bonenfant, C. (entre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Lyon, France, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive, UMR CNRS 5558, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne cedex, France) ; Drouilly, M. (Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) ; Klapproth, M. (Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, German Primate Center (DPZ), Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Goettingen, Germany) ; Zinner, D. (Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, German Primate Center (DPZ), Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Goettingen, Germany) ; Yarnell, R. (School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus, Southwell, United Kingdom) ; Stronza, A. (Ecoexist, Maun, Botswana, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America) ; Wilmott, L. (Office of Environment and Heritage, Wollongong, NSW, Australia) ; Meisingset, E. (Division of Forestry and Forest Resources, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Ås, Norway) ; Thaker, M. (Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India) ; Vanak, A. T. (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, New Dehli, India, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, Hyderabad, India ; School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa) ; Nicoloso, S. (D.R.E. Am Italia, Pratovecchio Stia, Italy) ; Graeber, R. (Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany) ; Said, S. (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Unités Ongulés Sauvages, Birieux, France) ; Boudreau, M. R. (Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada) ; Devlin, A. (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, United States of America, Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; Hoogesteijn, R. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; May-Junior, J. A. (University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, Onçafari, Pinheiros -São Paulo, Brazil ; Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; Nifong, J. C. (Wetlands and Coastal Ecology Branch, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Environmental Laboratory, Vicksburg, MS, United States of America) ; Odden, J. (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim, Norway) ; Quigley, H. B. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; Tortato, F. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; Parker, D. M. (Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa ; School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, South Africa) ; Caso, A. (Ministery of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico ; Alianza Nacional Para la Conservacion del Jaguar, A.C. Mexico, Mexico) ; Perrine, J. (Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, United States of America) ; Tellaeche, C. (Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional de Jujuy–CONICET, San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina) ; Zieba, F. (Tatra National Park, Zakopane, Poland) ; Zwijacz-Kozica, T. (Tatra National Park, Zakopane, Poland) ; Appel, C. L. (Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, United States of America) ; Axsom, I. (Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, United States of America) ; Bean, W. T. (Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, United States of America) ; Cristescu, B. (Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa ; The Cape Leopard Trust, South Africa, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) ; Périquet, S. (Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive, UMR CNRS 5558, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne cedex, France ; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique HERD Program Hwange LTER, Main Camp Research, Hwange National Park, Hwange, Zimbabwe) ; Teichman, K. J. (The Cape Leopard Trust, South Africa, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa ; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) ; Karpanty, S. (Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, United States of America) ; Licoppe, A. (Département d'étude du milieu naturel et agricole, Service public de Wallonie, Gembloux, Belgium) ; Menges, V. (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany) ; Black, K. (Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, United States of America) ; Scheppers, T. L. (Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Brussels, Belgium) ; Schai-Braun, S. C. (stitute of Wildlife Biology and Game Management, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria) ; Azevedo, F. C. (Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidade Federal de Goiás/Regional Catalão (UFG), Catalão, Goiás, Brazil ; Programa de Conservação Mamíferos do Cerrado (PCMC), Fazenda Limoeiro, Cumari, Goiás, Brazil) ; Lemos, F. G. (Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidade Federal de Goiás/Regional Catalão (UFG), Catalão, Goiás, Brazil ; Programa de Conservação Mamíferos do Cerrado (PCMC), Fazenda Limoeiro, Cumari, Goiás, Brazil) ; Payne, A. (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Unités Ongulés Sauvages, Birieux, France) ; Sanepoel, L. H. (Department of Zoology, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa) ; Weckworth, B. V. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America) ; Berger, A. (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany) ; Bertassoni, A. (Instituto de Pesquisa e Conservação de Tamanduás no Brasil, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil) ; McCulloch, G. (Ecoexist, Maun, Botswana, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States of America) ; Sustr, P. (Global Change Research Institute CAS, Department of Biodiversity Research, Brno, Czech Republic) ; Athreya, V. (Wildlife Conservation Society—India, Bangalore, Karnataka, India) ; Bockmuhl, D. (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany) ; Casear, J. (Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Brussels, Belgium) ; Ekori, Alice (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Melovski, D. (Wildlife Sciences, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany, Macedonian Ecological Society, Skopje, Macedonia) ; Richard-Hansen, C. (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Kourou, France ; UMR EcoFoG (AgroParisTech, Cirad, CNRS, INRA, Université des Antilles, Université de Guyane), Kourou, French Guiana) ; van de Vyver, D. (Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa) ; Reyna-Hurtado, R. (Departamento de Conservación de la Biodiversidad, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Campeche, Mexico) ; Robardet, E. (Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire de l'Alimentation, de l'Environnement et du Travail | ANSES · Nancy Laboratory for Rabies and Wildlife, Nancy, France) ; Selva, N. (Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland) ; Sergiel, A. (Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland) ; Farhadinia, M. S. (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom) ; Sunde, P. (Department of Bioscience—Wildlife Ecology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark) ; Portas, R. (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany) ; Ambarli, H. (Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management, Faculty of Forestry, Duzce University, Düzce, Turkey) ; Berzins, R. (Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage, Kourou, France) ; Kappeler, P. M. (Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit, German Primate Center (DPZ), Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Goettingen, Germany ; University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany) ; Mann, G. K. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America ; Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa) ; Pyritz, L. (Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit, German Primate Center (DPZ), Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, Goettingen, Germany ; Courant Research Centre “Evolution of Social Behaviour”, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany) ; Bissett, C. (Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa) ; Grant, T. (Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa) ; Steinmetz, R. (WWF Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand) ; Swedell, L. (Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY, United States of America, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa) ; Welch, R. J. (Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group, Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa ; School of Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, South Africa) ; Armenteras, D. (Grupo de Investigación en Ecología del Paisaje y Modelación de Ecosistemas-ECOLMOD, Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia) ; Bidder, O. R. (Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, California, United States of America) ; Gonzalez, T. M. (Grupo de Investigación en Ecología del Paisaje y Modelación de Ecosistemas-ECOLMOD, Departamento de Biología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia) ; Rosenblatt, A. (University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, United States of America) ; Kachel, S. (Panthera, New York, NY, United States of America ; School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America) ; Balkenhol, N. (Wildlife Sciences, University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany)

Satellite telemetry is an increasingly utilized technology in wildlife research, and current devices can track individual animal movements at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions. However, as we enter the golden age of satellite telemetry, we need an in-depth understanding of the main technological, species-specific and environmental factors that determine the success and failure of satellite tracking devices across species and habitats. Here, we assess the relative influence of such factors on the ability of satellite telemetry units to provide the expected amount and quality of data by analyzing data from over 3,000 devices deployed on 62 terrestrial species in 167 projects worldwide. We evaluate the success rate in obtaining GPS fixes as well as in transferring these fixes to the user and we evaluate failure rates. Average fix success and data transfer rates were high and were generally better predicted by species and unit characteristics, while environmental characteristics influenced the variability of performance. However, 48% of the unit deployments ended prematurely, half of them due to technical failure. Nonetheless, this study shows that the performance of satellite telemetry applications has shown improvements over time, and based on our findings, we provide further recommendations for both users and manufacturers.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEPIA - Genève
Institute:
inTNE - Institut Terre-Nature-Environnement
Date:
2019-09
Pagination:
26 p.
Published in:
PLOS ONE
Numeration (vol. no.):
2019, vol. 14, no. 15, article no. e0216223
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ISSN:
1932-6203
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