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Detection range and efficiency of acoustic telemetry receivers in a connected wetland system.

Winter, E.R., Hindes, A.M., Lane, S. and Britton, J.R, 2021. Detection range and efficiency of acoustic telemetry receivers in a connected wetland system. Hydrobiologia, 848, 1825-1836.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10750-021-04556-3


Acoustic telemetry is an important tool for assessing the behavioural ecology of aquatic animals, but the performance of receivers can vary spatially and temporally according to changes in environmental gradients. Studies testing detection efficiency and/ or detection range are therefore important for data interpretation, although the most thorough range-testing approaches are often costly or impractical, such as the use of fixed sentinel tags. Here, stationary tag data (from study animals that had either died or expelled their tags) provided a substitute for the long-term monitoring of receiver performance in a wetland environment and was complemented by periodic boat-based range testing, with testing of the effects of environmental variables (water temperature, conductivity, transparency, precipitation, wind speed, acoustic noise) on detection efficiency (DE) and detection range (DR). Stationary tag DE was highly variable temporally, the most influential factors being water temperature and precipitation. Transparency was a strong predictor of DR and was dependent on chlorophyll concentration (a surrogate measure of algal density). These results highlight the value of stationary tag data in assessments of acoustic receiver performance. The high seasonal variability in DE and DR emphasises the need for long-term receiver monitoring to enable robust conclusions to be drawn from telemetry data.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Part of E.R.Winter integrated thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords:Detection range; Receiver performance; Sentinel tags; Temperature; Precipitation; Turbidity
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35078
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:27 Jan 2021 10:22
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:26


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