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From Agricultural Benefits to Aviation Safety : Realizing the Potential of Continent-Wide Radar Networks

Bauer, Silke; Chapman, Jason W.; Reynolds, Don R.; Alves, José A.; Dokter, Adriaan M.; Menz, Myles M.H.; Sapir, Nir; Ciach, Michał; Pettersson, Lars B. LU and Kelly, Jeffrey F., et al. (2017) In BioScience 67(10). p.912-918
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Migratory animals provide a multitude of services and disservices-with benefits or costs in the order of billions of dollars annually. Monitoring, quantifying, and forecasting migrations across continents could assist diverse stakeholders in utilizing migrant services, reducing disservices, or mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. Radars are powerful tools for such monitoring as they can assess directional intensities, such as migration traffic rates, and biomass transported. Currently, however, most radar applications are local or small scale and therefore substantially limited in their ability to address large-scale phenomena. As weather radars are organized into continent-wide networks and also detect "biological targets," they could... (More)

Migratory animals provide a multitude of services and disservices-with benefits or costs in the order of billions of dollars annually. Monitoring, quantifying, and forecasting migrations across continents could assist diverse stakeholders in utilizing migrant services, reducing disservices, or mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. Radars are powerful tools for such monitoring as they can assess directional intensities, such as migration traffic rates, and biomass transported. Currently, however, most radar applications are local or small scale and therefore substantially limited in their ability to address large-scale phenomena. As weather radars are organized into continent-wide networks and also detect "biological targets," they could routinely monitor aerial migrations over the relevant spatial scales and over the timescales required for detecting responses to environmental perturbations. To tap these unexploited resources, a concerted effort is needed among diverse fields of expertise and among stakeholders to recognize the value of the existing infrastructure and data beyond weather forecasting.

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  abstract     = {<p>Migratory animals provide a multitude of services and disservices-with benefits or costs in the order of billions of dollars annually. Monitoring, quantifying, and forecasting migrations across continents could assist diverse stakeholders in utilizing migrant services, reducing disservices, or mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. Radars are powerful tools for such monitoring as they can assess directional intensities, such as migration traffic rates, and biomass transported. Currently, however, most radar applications are local or small scale and therefore substantially limited in their ability to address large-scale phenomena. As weather radars are organized into continent-wide networks and also detect "biological targets," they could routinely monitor aerial migrations over the relevant spatial scales and over the timescales required for detecting responses to environmental perturbations. To tap these unexploited resources, a concerted effort is needed among diverse fields of expertise and among stakeholders to recognize the value of the existing infrastructure and data beyond weather forecasting.</p>},
  author       = {Bauer, Silke and Chapman, Jason W. and Reynolds, Don R. and Alves, José A. and Dokter, Adriaan M. and Menz, Myles M.H. and Sapir, Nir and Ciach, Michał and Pettersson, Lars B. and Kelly, Jeffrey F. and Leijnse, Hidde and Shamoun-Baranes, Judy},
  issn         = {0006-3568},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {912--918},
  publisher    = {American Institute of Biological Sciences},
  series       = {BioScience},
  title        = {From Agricultural Benefits to Aviation Safety : Realizing the Potential of Continent-Wide Radar Networks},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix074},
  volume       = {67},
  year         = {2017},
}