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Article Dans Une Revue Frontiers in Marine Science Année : 2019

Animal-Borne Telemetry: An Integral Component of the Ocean Observing Toolkit

1 Department of Biological Sciences [North Ryde]
2 The University of Western Australia Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences [Australia]
3 First Institute of Oceanography [China]
4 Department of Marine Sciences [Gothenburg]
5 Graduate School of Frontier Sciences [Kashiwa]
6 AIMS - Australian Institute of Marine Science
7 USIMS - University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science
8 Ocean Tracking network
9 AIMS Perth - Australian Institute of Marine Science [Perth]
10 Environmental Research Division [USA]
11 JCU - James Cook University
12 IMAS - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies [Hobart]
13 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology [Santa Cruz]
14 Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment [USA]
15 Instituto de Oceanografia
16 IOOS - NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System
17 Office of Naval Research [USA]
18 National Institute of Aquatic Resources
19 SMRU - Sea Mammal Research Unit [University of St Andrews]
20 FRAM Centre
21 Scottish Oceans Institute
22 ENSTA Bretagne - École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Bretagne
24 PROTEO - Processus et interactions de fine échelle océanique
25 Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory
26 SAIAB - South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
27 Department of Zoology and Entomology [Pretoria]
28 CEBC - Centre d'Études Biologiques de Chizé - UMR 7372
29 IMEDEA - Department of Global Change Research, Institut Mediterrani d´Estudis Avançats
30 RSRC - Red Sea Research Centre
32 CSIRO Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre [Australia]
33 Instituto de Fısica Interdisciplinar y Sistemas Complejos IFISC (CSIC-UIB)
34 NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research [Wellington]
35 Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, University of Tokyo
36 Fisheries and Oceans Canada
37 School of Life and Environmental Sciences [Australia]
38 University of California Santa Cruz - Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
39 SARDI - South Australian Research and Development Institute [Australia]
40 Malaysia Institute of Oceanography
41 Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC)
42 FRAM Centre
43 Integrated Marine Observing System
44 Aeronautical Technology Directorate [Japan]
45 Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos/Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology [Portugal]
46 Marine Biological Association of the UK
47 NINA - Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
48 Department of Oceanography and Marine Research Institute
49 Marine Mammal Research Unit - Fisheries Centre
Fabien Roquet
Colin Simpfendorfer
Kim Aarestrup
Victor Eguiluz
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Kit M. Kovacs
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Christian Lydersen
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Animal telemetry is a powerful tool for observing marine animals and the physical environments that they inhabit, from coastal and continental shelf ecosystems to polar seas and open oceans. Satellite-linked biologgers and networks of acoustic receivers allow animals to be reliably monitored over scales of tens of meters to thousands of kilometers, giving insight into their habitat use, home range size, the phenology of migratory patterns and the biotic and abiotic factors that drive their distributions. Furthermore, physical environmental variables can be collected using animals as autonomous sampling platforms, increasing spatial and temporal coverage of global oceanographic observation systems. The use of animal telemetry, therefore, has the capacity to provide measures from a suite of essential ocean variables (EOVs) for improved monitoring of Earth's oceans. Here we outline the design features of animal telemetry systems, describe current applications and their benefits and challenges, and discuss future directions. We describe new analytical techniques that improve our ability to not only quantify animal movements but to also provide a powerful framework for comparative studies across taxa. We discuss the application of animal telemetry and its capacity to collect biotic and abiotic data, how the data collected can be incorporated into ocean observing systems, and the role these data can play in improved ocean management.
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Robert G. Harcourt, Ana F. Sequeira, Xuelei Zhang, Fabien Roquet, Kosei Komatsu, et al.. Animal-Borne Telemetry: An Integral Component of the Ocean Observing Toolkit. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2019, 6 (326), pp.1-21. ⟨10.3389/fmars.2019.00326⟩. ⟨hal-02166074⟩
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