Friday, November 12, 2010

Mapping Wildlife in Northern Québec

image:: Caribou map from Ressources Naturelles et Faune Québec, 1-8 November 2010 [pdf]

The above map is generated using satellite telemetry that uses radio collars on migratory caribou. Maps can be seen here, but after 16 November the maps will cost $2. About 100 collars are used to track about 1M caribou and the animals could travel 350 km between data collection and publishing of the map. I could see in the future the merging of cheap nanotechnologies incorporating RFIDs used to track everything from wildlife to cargo to people. Privacy will die a little more, but I'm wondering what it would do to prevent behaviours such as poaching and even homicides.

Twitterversion:: [blog] Panoptic radio collars on caribou used to track wildlife in northern Quebec & Labrador. @Prof_K

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