Saturday, February 19, 2011

...a single bee at 50km!!

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has heard that technology designed to track storms could soon be used to track birds, bees, bats and other flying objects - as technology and resolution improves. Previously these 'flying-objects' frustrated meterologists as they tracked and monitored storms. Now, the same technology has given rise to the field of aeroecology.

Meterologists are able to measure something called QPE - the quantitative precipitation estimator or, in simple terms, the number of raindrops in clouds. The same QPE software could also, quiet easily, estimate the number of birds in a flock, their height and direction and additionally the approximate size of the bird.

Just think what this could do for migration studies.

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12507030

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