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Australia’s continental-scale acoustic tracking database and its automated quality control process

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Hoenner, X, Huveneers, C, Steckenreuter, A, Simpfendorfer, C, Tattersall, KL, Jaine, F, Atkins, N, Babcock, R, Brodie, S, Burgess, J, Campbell, H, Heupel, M, Pasquer, B, Proctor, R ORCID: 0000-0002-6926-2821, Taylor, MD, Udyawer, V and Harcourt, R 2018 , 'Australia’s continental-scale acoustic tracking database and its automated quality control process' , Scientific Data, vol. 5 , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.1038/sdata.2017.206.

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Abstract

Our ability to predict species responses to environmental changes relies on accurate records of animal movement patterns. Continental-scale acoustic telemetry networks are increasingly being established worldwide, producing large volumes of information-rich geospatial data. During the last decade, the Integrated Marine Observing System’s Animal Tracking Facility (IMOS ATF) established a permanent array of acoustic receivers around Australia. Simultaneously, IMOS developed a centralised national database to foster collaborative research across the user community and quantify individual behaviour across a broad range of taxa. Here we present the database and quality control procedures developed to collate 49.6 million valid detections from 1891 receiving stations. This dataset consists of detections for 3,777 tags deployed on 117 marine species, with distances travelled ranging from a few to thousands of kilometres. Connectivity between regions was only made possible by the joint contribution of IMOS infrastructure and researcher-funded receivers. This dataset constitutes a valuable resource facilitating meta-analysis of animal movement, distributions, and habitat use, and is important for relating species distribution shifts with environmental covariates.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hoenner, X and Huveneers, C and Steckenreuter, A and Simpfendorfer, C and Tattersall, KL and Jaine, F and Atkins, N and Babcock, R and Brodie, S and Burgess, J and Campbell, H and Heupel, M and Pasquer, B and Proctor, R and Taylor, MD and Udyawer, V and Harcourt, R
Keywords: animal behaviour, animal migration, behavioural ecology, ichthyology, marine biology
Journal or Publication Title: Scientific Data
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2052-4463
DOI / ID Number: 10.1038/sdata.2017.206
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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