In recent years, collection of tracking data has become ubiquitous in many scientific disciplines. One of these is movement ecology, which studies the spatio-temporal patterns and processes that regulate animal movement. Ecologists collect data on animal movement relying on animal-attached bio-logging tags (e.g. GPS sensors) and combine resulting trajectories with contextual data on environment, such as remote sensing products or other empirically collected data.
Movement is also studied and tracking data collected in human mobility research, which spans a set of disciplines, from Spatial Computing, to GIScience, physics and transportation science. While data and analytical methods are similar between the animal and human disciplines, there is little interdisciplinary awareness of these similarities. Recently, GIScientists have called for the establishment of the Integrated Science of Movement, with the specific aim to bridge the gap between movement ecology and human mobility and raise awareness of respective problems, data and methods. This workshop aims to bridge ecology, GIScience and Spatial Computing.
The workshop is organized in partnership with the COVID-19 Bio-Logging Initiative – a research consortium coordinated by the International Bio-Logging Society (https://www.bio-logging.net/), with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the National Geographic Society.