How Big Data Fast Tracked Human Mobility Research and the Lessons for Animal Movement Ecology

Michele Thums, Juan Fernández-Gracia, Ana M. M. Sequeira, Víctor M. Eguíluz, Carlos M. Duarte, Mark G. Meekan

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Abstract

The rise of the internet coupled with technological innovations such as smartphones have generated massive volumes of geo-referenced data (big data) on human mobility. This has allowed the number of studies of human mobility to rapidly overtake those of animal movement. Today, telemetry studies of animals are also approaching big data status. Here, we review recent advances in studies of human mobility and identify the opportunities they present for advancing our understanding of animal movement. We describe key analytical techniques, potential bottlenecks and a roadmap for progress toward a synthesis of movement patterns of wild animals.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Volume5
Issue numberFEB
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 13 2018

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: AMMS was supported by an ARC Grant DE170100841 and an IOMRC (UWA, AIMS, CSIRO) fellowship. JF-G and VE were supported by Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI, Spain) and Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) through project SPASIMM (FIS2016-80067-P AEI/FEDER, UE), and by research funding from KAUST.

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