Sensors and other equipment aboard the International Space Station will be used to monitor wildlife, revolutionizing animal tracking.
This new approach, called ICARUS, for International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space, can track animal migration over larger areas than other technologies using solar-powered bio-loggers the size of two fingernails and weighing less than three grams.
ICARUS uses off-the-shelf technology, including solar and GPS units, along with new communication technology specifically designed to track small animals, including insects.
The system’s sensors monitor animal physiology as well as external conditions like weather.
Said Yale University’s Walter Jetz, “It’s a new era of discovery. We will discover new migration paths, habitat requirements, things about species behavior that we didn’t even think about. That discovery will bring about all sorts of new questions.”
From The New York Times
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