Spatial Database for GPS Wildlife Tracking Data

Spatial Database for GPS Wildlife Tracking Data

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This book guides animal ecologists, biologists and wildlife and data managers through a step-by-step procedure to build their own advanced software platforms to manage and process wildlife tracking data. This unique, problem-solving-oriented guide focuses on how to extract the most from GPS animal tracking data, while preventing error propagation and optimizing analysis performance. Based on the open source PostgreSQL/PostGIS spatial database, the software platform will allow researchers and managers to integrate and harmonize GPS tracking data together with animal characteristics, environmental data sets, including remote sensing image time series, and other bio-logged data, such as acceleration data. Moreover, the book shows how the powerful R statistical environment can be integrated into the software platform, either connecting the database with R, or embedding the same tools in the database through the PostgreSQL extension Pl/R. The client/server architecture allows users to remotely connect a number of software applications that can be used as a database front end, including GIS software and WebGIS. Each chapter offers a real-world data management and processing problem that is discussed in its biological context; solutions are proposed and exemplified through ad hoc SQL code, progressively exploring the potential of spatial database functions applied to the respective wildlife tracking case. Finally, wildlife tracking management issues are discussed in the increasingly widespread framework of collaborative science and data sharing. GPS animal telemetry data from a real study, freely available online, are used to demonstrate the proposed examples. This book is also suitable for undergraduate and graduate students, if accompanied by the basics of databases.A Practical Guide to Creating a Data Management System with PostgreSQL/ PostGIS and R Ferdinando Urbano, Francesca ... In the following examples, you will explore the location data set hunting for possible errors. First ... In the analytical stage, users can decide to exclude all or part of the records tagged as erroneous.

Title:Spatial Database for GPS Wildlife Tracking Data
Author:Ferdinando Urbano, Francesca Cagnacci
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2014-03-12


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