Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Researchers tapping the potential of radar technologies to advance aeroecology

Date:
February 18, 2011
Source:
University of Oklahoma
Summary:
A growing cross-disciplinary collaboration seeks to tap the potential of radar technologies to advance aeroecology.

University of Oklahoma researchers are part of a growing cross-disciplinary collaboration that seeks to tap the potential of radar technologies to advance aeroecology -- a field that integrates atmospheric science, earth science, geography, ecology, computer science, computational biology and engineering.

According to Phillip Chilson, professor in the OU School of Meteorology and Atmospheric Radar Research Center, radar technologies have the potential for detecting and monitoring organisms in the aerosphere, which requires a greater understanding of biology within the radar community and a familiarity of radar products among ecologists.

"Recent advances in radar hardware and signal processing methodologies coupled with innovations in computer and networking technologies have presented us with many opportunities for biological studies that were not available in the past five years," notes Chilson.

Jeffrey Kelly, professor in the OU Department of Zoology and Oklahoma Biological Survey, studies animal migration and is particularly interested in using radar data as a measure of the phenology of animal movements and aggregations, such as those of the purple martins.

"We have known for a long time that radio waves scattered from flying organisms (bioscatter) are detected by weather radars, but we have yet to harness the capacity of weather detection radars for biological research," says Chilson.

Kenneth Howard, NOAA scientist in the National Severe Storms Laboratory, has played an integral role in this collaboration by creating a suite of visualization and analytical tools for understanding biological patterns of bioscatter across the continental United States.

"Investigating behavior and ecology of airborne organisms in the aerosphere presents significant challenges and requires collaboration across multiple scientific disciplines to utilize technological advances for increasing ecological understanding," states Winifred F. Frick, a researcher at the University of California in Santa Cruz and organizer of the AAAS aeroecology symposium.

Ecologists must discover the best methods for detecting the presence, taxonomic identity, diversity and activity of organisms that use this aerial environment; identify ways to integrate relevant environmental variables at different temporal and spatial scales; and determine how best to understand and interpret behavioral, ecological and evolutionary responses of organisms in the context of complex meteorological conditions and patterns within natural and anthropogenically-altered environments.

"Appropriate integration of diverse tools and concepts for probing into the lives of organisms aloft are necessary for informed ecological and evolutionary concepts and management decisions associated with the spread of invasive species, emergence of infectious diseases, altered biodiversity, and the sustainability of terrestrial, aquatic and atmospheric environments," said Thomas H. Kunz, professor of biology and director of the Center of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Boston University and the opening symposium speaker.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University of Oklahoma. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University of Oklahoma. "Researchers tapping the potential of radar technologies to advance aeroecology." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 February 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110218111342.htm>.
University of Oklahoma. (2011, February 18). Researchers tapping the potential of radar technologies to advance aeroecology. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 25, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110218111342.htm
University of Oklahoma. "Researchers tapping the potential of radar technologies to advance aeroecology." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110218111342.htm (accessed July 25, 2014).

Share This




More Matter & Energy News

Friday, July 25, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans

TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans

AP (July 24, 2014) TSA administrator, John Pistole's took part in the Aspen Security Forum 2014, where he answered questions on lifting of the ban on flights into Israel's Tel Aviv airport and whether politics played a role in lifting the ban. (July 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers

Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers

AP (July 24, 2014) Mobile phone companies and communities across the country are going to new lengths to disguise those unsightly cellphone towers. From a church bell tower to a flagpole, even a pencil, some towers are trying to make a point. (July 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Algonquin Power Goes Activist on Its Target Gas Natural

Algonquin Power Goes Activist on Its Target Gas Natural

TheStreet (July 23, 2014) When The Deal's Amanda Levin exclusively reported that Gas Natural had been talking to potential suitors, the Ohio company responded with a flat denial, claiming its board had not talked to anyone about a possible sale. Lo and behold, Canadian utility Algonquin Power and Utilities not only had approached the company, but it did it three times. Its last offer was for $13 per share as Gas Natural's was trading at a 60-day moving average of about $12.50 per share. Now Algonquin, which has a 4.9% stake in Gas Natural, has taken its case to shareholders, calling on them to back its proposals or, possibly, a change in the target's board. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com
Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-Free Travel

AP (July 23, 2014) 'Ray' the robotic parking valet at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany lets travelers to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot before heading to the check-in desk. (July 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

    Health News

      Environment News

        Technology News



          Save/Print:
          Share:

          Free Subscriptions


          Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

          Get Social & Mobile


          Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

          Have Feedback?


          Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
          Mobile: iPhone Android Web
          Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
          Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
          Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins