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

Xavier Hoenner, Charlie Huveneers, Andre Steckenreuter, Colin Simpfendorfer, Katherine Tattersall, Fabrice Jaine, Natalia Atkins, Russ Babcock, Stephanie Brodie, Jonathan Burgess, Hamish Campbell, Michelle Heupel, Benedicte Pasquer, Roger Proctor, Matthew D. Taylor, Vinay Udyawer, Robert Harco

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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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number170206
    Pages (from-to)1-10
    Number of pages10
    JournalScientific Data
    Volume5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018

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    Hoenner, X., Huveneers, C., Steckenreuter, A., Simpfendorfer, C., Tattersall, K., Jaine, F., Atkins, N., Babcock, R., Brodie, S., Burgess, J., Campbell, H., Heupel, M., Pasquer, B., Proctor, R., Taylor, M. D., Udyawer, V., & Harco, R. (2018). Australia's continental-scale acoustic tracking database and its automated quality control process. Scientific Data, 5, 1-10. [170206]. https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2017.206