- Basic principles for radio signal transmission and antenna theory;
- Telemetric technology, regulations, and management of frequencies;
- Ethics (animal welfare) in biotelemetry/biologging;
- Introduction to VHF-based telemetry and GPS-positioning systems in biotelemetry--transmitters, applications, and limitations;
- Telemetry and biologging equipment--a manufacturer's perspective;
- User "issues"--a manufacturer's perspective and troubleshooting;
- Maps, mapping, and GPS technology--practical applications;
- Acoustic telemetry--methods and science questions;
- Range size, habitat use, etc.--storage and retrieval of data and the integration of animal tracks and terrestrial environmental data;
- An introduction to GIS tools;
- Design considerations/limitations in marine mammal biotelemetry;
- Biotelemetry and biologging with Svalbard's marine mammals--case studies;
- Linking marine mammal telemetry and the environment--MAMVIS and statistical tools;
- Remote methods in sea bird research--transponders, photographic methods, light loggers, and GPS telemetry;
- Fish tracking;
- Physiological telemetry--applications and potential; and
- Looking into the future.
This course will have a strong marine mammal emphasis but will also deal with avian examples and have a module in tracking fish. Short field modules will highlight current research themes using telemetry in the Svalbard science community. The course starts with a 2-day safety course, with firearms training. This is a required element in all UNIS study programs.
Students must be fit enough to ride a snowmobile (and have a valid driver's license), as well as being field-hearty enough to enjoy boat and other outdoor work in the High Arctic. The course will fill on a first-come, first-served basis, providing applicants meet the qualifications.
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