3D Movement-Based Visualization for Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
A team of researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research has developed a novel methodology that for the first time combines 3D and advanced range estimator technologies to provide highly detailed data on the range and movements of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian wildlife species. New analytical and visualization tools are necessary to process, manage, and analyze the increasingly large and accurate multidimensional datasets acquired from biotelemetry tracking devices and remote sensing technologies. Relying on expertise from researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, the team created highly detailed visualizations after they tracked three threatened species, including the California condor. The research team implemented their movement-based technology to help understand the condor's spatial behaviors, breeding patterns, habitat use, and the risks they encounter in their environment.