9 Sep 2010

The conservation and scientific benefits of global databases of seabird tracking

By Nick Askew

Remote tracking data for seabirds are rapidly becoming available for an ever-increasing range of species and marine areas/habitats. Effective utilisation, whether for academic research or for application to a range of marine conservation topics, requires enhanced coordination and data sharing, and easy access to relevant analytical tools and marine environmental data. This workshop will:

  • Highlight scientific and conservation benefits of enhanced coordination and data sharing of seabird tracking data, and key future conservation applications
  • Showcase existing platforms and databases which host seabird tracking data
  • Seek to identify the best ways in which seabird tracking data might be maintained and interconnected, inter alia:
    • Common protocols for filtering and validation;
    • Facilitating interactions between data from different databases (primarily tracking data, but also environmental data and seabird-at-sea survey data)
    • Common protocols for data access and use
    • Promoting large-scale projects involving a wide range of scientists to tackle key issues of science, conservation and management on regional or worldwide scales.

This workshop accompanies a workshop on seabird at sea survey data and will be followed by a combined session to address issues of mutual interest. Workshop abstract by Cleo Small and Phil Taylor from BirdLife’s Global Seabird Programme, and Scott Shaffer, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University. Image credit: ©BenLascelles