CTMM R package

The continuous-time movement modeling (ctmm) R package (https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/ctmm/index.html) now has a dedicated Google groups user site, which can be found here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ctmm-user

We encourage ctmm users to post their questions, suggestions, bug reports, and tips there so they can benefit the entire user community. We will also regularly post news on new versions of ctmm, new features, and the upcoming Shiny GUI for ctmm.

bio-logging symposium 2017

The bio-logging symposium will take place this September in Konstanz, Germany. The symposium from 25th to 29th of September is organized by the MPI of Ornithology, where we also have our AniMove courses.

see more details about the bio-logging symposium here: https://www.bio-logging.net/Symposium

you might also want to combine it with the AniMove science school a few weeks earlier – apply before March 31st here: AniMove 2017 at MPI

AniMove logo

After quite some years of AniMove courses and realizing that this idea of one (1) AniMove developed into a series of AniMove science schools, we decided back in summer 2016 during our AniMove at MPI that a logo for AniMove would be great. 6 months later and going through many discussions in 2016 and 2017 we finally have a logo that nicely reflects AniMove topics. We would have loved to have a track, DBB, a satellite, remote sensing or some code in it, but quickly realized that we cannot have a logo which includes all of our topics covered during the 2 intense AniMove weeks. Now we can use it for our upcoming AniMove in August/September at MPI, close to Lake Konstanz, Germany.

Successful AniMove at BIK-F finished

Two intense weeks of AniMove at BIK-F in Frankfurt successfully finished. The highly motivated and skilled attendees from various countries and studying movement patterns of various animals learned a wide range of animal movement analytics as well as spatial data handling and remote sensing. All approaches were explained in detail and all following analysis were done using actual data in an open source environment (R). We are very thankful to Thomas Müller and Chloe Bracis who organised the AniMove this time and we are looking forward to an exiting 2017 with one or more AniMoves! More details about upcoming AniMoves and respective application dates will be posted on our webpage soon. Moreover, we will also update our image galleries for the two AniMoves in 2017 over the christmas break. We hope all attendees apply the learned techniques successfully in their ongoing research and do not hesitate to ask about approaches or problems, especially with R code on your listserv: https://mailman.uni-konstanz.de/mailman/listinfo/animove

AniMove 2017 at BIK-F started


The AniMove at BIK-F in Frankfurt started successfully and will cover a variety of animal movement analysis approaches as well as remote sensing and GIS tasks in the next two weeks.  We are very much looking forward to an exciting time and highly interested and motivated to work on animal tracking data, learn the statistical approaches and combining it with environmental data derived through remote sensing. All tasks will be achieved using Open Source software such as R and QGIS. All attendees will be exposed to lots of R coding in this science school. Evening talks are organized as well and introduce general advances within the AniMove topics.animove_2017_bik-f_frankfurt_2animove_2017_bik-f_frankfurt_1

human pressure mapped globally

Global Urban Footprint (GUF) by DLR (Thomas Esch) for Italy to Croatia.

Global Urban Footprint (GUF) by DLR (Thomas Esch) for Italy to Croatia.

The Global Urban Footprint by DLR (Thomas Esch) has been released and provides a global coverage of urbanized areas. It might be for some species a very important environmental parameter to explain presence or certain movement patterns. From the DLR website: Currently, more than half of the world’s population are urban dwellers and this number is still rapidly increasing. Since settlements – and urban areas in particular – represent the centers of human activity, the environmental, economic, political, societal and cultural impacts of urbanization are far-reaching. They include negative aspects like the loss of natural habitats, biodiversity and fertile soils, climate impacts, waste, pollution, crime, social conflicts or transportation and traffic problems, making urbanization to one of the most pressing global challenges. Accordingly, a profound understanding of the global spatial distribution and evolution of human settlements constitutes a key element in envisaging strategies to assure sustainable development of urban and rural settlements.

In this framework, the objective of the “Global Urban Footprint” (GUF) project is the worldwide mapping of settlements with unprecedented spatial resolution of 0.4 arcsec (~12 m). A total of 180 000 TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X scenes have been processed to create the GUF. The resulting map shows the Earth in three colors only: black for “urban areas”, white for “land surface” and grey for “water”. This reduction emphasizes the settlement patterns and allows for the analysis of urban structures, and hence the proportion of settled areas, the regional population distribution and the arrangement of rural and urban areas. More details at: www.dlr.de/guf

Further data portals and visualizations are available here:
Via U-TEP Website: https://urban-tep.eo.esa.int
U-TEP Geobrowser: https://urban-tep.eo.esa.int/geobrowser/?id=guf

and a ESA GUF article: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/New_map_offers_precise_snapshot_of_human_life_on_Earth

Impressions of AniMove 2016 at MPI in Germany


AniMove 2016 group picture at MPI in Möggingen with the lecturers Kamran Safi, Björn Reineking, James Cheshire, Justin Calabrese, Chloe Bracis, Chris Flemming and Martin Wegmann (from left to right) and Thomas Müller (behind the camera)


Kamran Safi and James Cheshire helping AniMove participants with R coding

Very intense days at the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology at the Lake Konstanz, Germany, with AniMove courses and evening keynotes. The AniMove participants learn a huge diversity of animal movement techniques, spatial data analysis and remote sensing, all in open-source software R and QGIS. Great evening keynotes by the director Martin Wikelski and Iain Couzin present the vast variety of animal movement science. Further keynotes by James Cheshire (www.spatial.ly) show the power of visualization and further evening talks bymovement scientists such as Justin Calabrese provide in-depth information of animal movement potential and challenges.


Iain Couzin presenting recent research on group movement at AniMove

James Cheshire evening talk

James Cheshire evening talk