The “Internet of Animals

  • Martin Wikelski
  • Geist Heidelberg, Lecture

Recording the natural behaviors of animals has changed dramatically. Where previously hours of observation were necessary, transmitters can now be used: Telemetry, the collection and analysis of data by means of transmitters, facilitates this work immensely and enables data transfer in real time. But how far do these possibilities go? Martin Wikelski talks about the ICARUS project, his dream of a satellite network that can continuously track global animal migrations from space – an “Internet of Animals.” He is doing pioneering work here.

Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski, biologist and ornithologist, is director at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Biology (special field animal migrations) in Radolfzell, and honorary professor at the University of Konstanz. Since 2014, he has been a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina; in 2021, he received the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg.

As part of the International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg

Foto: Mark Thiessen / NGS

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