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Collaborative work on the monitoring of aerofauna

The collaboration between CAnMove researchers and researchers at Lund Laser Centre has resulted in a new study examining if lidar systems used for the monitoring of aerosols and atmospheric gases also could be utilized for monitoring and classification of migratory fauna.
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The migration of aerofauna is a seasonal phenomenon of global scale, engaging billions of individuals in long-distance movements every year. Multiband lidar systems are commonly employed for the monitoring of aerosols and atmospheric gases, and a number of systems are operated regularly across Europe in the framework of the European Aerosol Lidar Network (EARLINET). This study examines the feasibility of utilizing EARLINET for the monitoring and classification of migratory fauna based on their pigmentation -  concluding that monitoring aerial migration with these kind of system IS feasible with minor modifications, and that in-flight species classification could be possible.

To the paper by Jansson et al: Exploitation of an atmospheric lidar network node in single-shot mode for the classification of aerofauna" in Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.

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