This week, the scientific journal Ecography published a special issue on radar aeroecology. Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes, associate professor at the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, was one of the editors of the special issue and main author of the editorial: ‘Taking radar aeroecology into the 21st century’.
Radar aeroecology is a fast growing interdisciplinary research field that uses radar (RAdio Detection and Ranging) to study the movement of organisms in the air, and their interaction with the aerial environment. At the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), researchers use radar to study how atmospheric conditions influence bird migration, how birds respond to human disturbance such as fireworks and to develop predictive models of migration, flight behaviour around wind parks.
The special issue on radar aeroecology contains the final output of the research network ENRAM: European Network for the surveillance of Animal Movement. This research network was funded by the COST Programme (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) bringing together an interdisciplinary group of researchers from across Europe, including ecologists, entomologists, ornithologists, computer scientists and meteorologists.
Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes vice-chaired the ENRAM research network that ran from 2013-2017: ‘The main goal of this research network was to establish a coordinated network of monitoring radars to understand and predict animal movement through the air on a continental scale. The network improved the quality of biological information extracted from operational meteorological radar and we established a working agreement for research collaboration and data exchange among ecologists and meteorologists.’
The Ecography special issue on radar aeroecology, including several papers co-authored by UvA researchers, can now be found online: