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Elucidating continental-scale patterns of bird migration with weather radars

Elucidating continental-scale patterns of bird migration with weather radars

Objective

Migration is a wide-spread phenomenon which allows animals of many different taxa to take advantage of seasonal variation in resource abundance . Radar is a powerful tool to observe and track migratory flights. In this action I will use the existing network of weather radars to investigate bird migration behaviour in relation to topography, weather and insect migration. A unique aspect of this action is that I will have access not only to the weather radar data, but also to complementary bird ringing and individual bird tracks, as well as data on insect migration from a small scale biological radar. The weather radars will provide data on bird migration patterns at the continental-scale; the ringing and tracking data will provide species composition and individual behaviour at specific points along the flyway; and the small-scale biological radars will provide more detailed information on insect and bird migration patterns at a specific site. Together this will give us a unique overview of the flux and behaviour of migratory animals across Europe, something that has never before been possible. Together this will give me a unique overview of the flux and behaviour of migratory animals across Europe, something that has never before been possible. The objectives of the work packages in this action will be: WP 1: To describe the flux of bird migration in relation to weather and topography across the European flyway, and relate this to insect migration, ringing and tracking data along the flyway. WP 2: To describe the flight behaviour of bird and insect migrants in relation to winds at both a continental and local scale, testing theoretical predictions of how migrants should use winds optimally. WP 3: To describe the nightly initiation and termination of bird migration across latitudes and how it changes with the seasonal progression of migration.
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Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Address

Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 219 312

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 844360

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 August 2019

  • End date

    31 July 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 219 312

  • EU contribution

    € 219 312

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark