Monitoring animal behaviour and environmental interactions using wireless sensor networks, GPS collars and satellite remote sensing

Handcock, Rebecca N., Swain, Dave L., Bishop-Hurley, Greg. J, Patison, Kym P., Wark, Tim, Valencia, Philip, Corke, Peter, & O'Neill, Christopher J. (2009) Monitoring animal behaviour and environmental interactions using wireless sensor networks, GPS collars and satellite remote sensing. Sensors, 9(5), pp. 3586-3603.

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Remote monitoring of animal behaviour in the environment can assist in managing both the animal and its environmental impact. GPS collars which record animal locations with high temporal frequency allow researchers to monitor both animal behaviour and interactions with the environment. These ground-based sensors can be combined with remotely-sensed satellite images to understand animal-landscape interactions. The key to combining these technologies is communication methods such as wireless sensor networks (WSNs). We explore this concept using a case-study from an extensive cattle enterprise in northern Australia and demonstrate the potential for combining GPS collars and satellite images in a WSN to monitor behavioural preferences and social behaviour of cattle.

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ID Code: 33753
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: animal-landscape interactions , high fix-rate GPS, social behaviour, cattle, telemetry data, extensive cattle system
DOI: 10.3390/s90503586
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult author]
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2010 01:53
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:11

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