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Fundamental research conducted in the Department of TCE is also applied to resolve societal challenges. These challenges are related to human-wildlife interactions, wildlife management and the societal need for global Earth observation. Examples of our work are aviation safety and environmental impacts of wind energy, predicting movement and population dynamics of invasive pests, and contributions to the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON).

Work related to offshore windparks:

  • Offshore space use of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (Larus fuscus) from the Schiermonnikoog breeding population, funded by Gemini windpark (2017 – 2021)
  • Predicting offshore bird migration, funded by Rijkswaterstaat (2017-2021)

Work related to wildlife management:

  • Predicting muskrat movement and population development in support of the control organisation

Work related to GEO BON:

  • GLOBIS-B (global infrastructures for supporting biodiversity research)
  • Contribution to the governance of GEO BON

Work with military aviation:

  • The FlySafe Bird Avoidance Model funded by the European Space Agency
  • The Bird Avoidance System a follow-up project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Defence (2016-2019)