Letting the birds do the work

Weather has always been hard to predict.  One of the difficulties is developing enough weather stations throughout the world to compile the data needed for accurate predictions.  Well, now scientists are starting to learn from the worlds expert travelers: birds.  In a recent study, scientists placed small GPS trackers on these long-ranged fliers allowing them to accurately calculate wind speeds wherever they flew.  The wandering albatross (one of the study species) can fly up to 16,000 kilometers – from New York to Sydney, Australia – without stopping.  Using these long flight paths, and the comparatively cheap GPS equipment needed to track the birds, scientists are getting smarter about taking advantage of the world around them.  It will be interesting to see to what degree they can employ these long-distant travelers.

By | 2016-08-02T17:15:31-05:00 August 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

About the Author:

Jacob Allgeier
I am an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter how ecosystems function and the services that they provide. A central focus of my research is understanding how changes in biodiversity affect the flow of nutrients and energy in ecosystems. Most of this research takes place in tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. I am an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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    Dawn Nieksen August 2, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Awesome!

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