GEOBIRD

Development of an innovative geolocation tag for seabirds

Duration: 50 months (2017 - 2021)

Context

The acquisition of environmental data upstream of projects is a key step in the deployment of wind energy sector. Indeed, it makes it possible to characterise the ecological stakes in areas that are technically suitable for the installation of offshore wind farms and to integrate them into the maritime spatial planning process. This information also feeds into impact studies, in which the impacts of projects are assessed in relation to a reference state and the objectives for preserving the ecosystems concerned set by public policies.

In this context, seabirds appear to be good indicators of the environmental status of the marine environment, due to their sensitivity to environmental changes and their position as top predators. It is therefore essential to carry out long-term monitoring of these species and their activities as a sign of the preservation of marine ecosystems.

However, the implementation of monitoring of species that evolve freely in their natural environment is facing major operational difficulties, as the observation technologies available today do not meet all the needs. This is particularly the case for monitoring medium-sized pelagic bird species (weighing less than 0.5 kg), such as shearwaters, which require a very high level of instrumentation carried by the animal.

Objective

To develop a miniature geolocation tag for medium-sized seabirds.

Scientific and technical contents

  • Technological development of a tag prototype
  • Testing of the prototype on shearwaters in the Atlantic and Mediterranean

Resources

Project sheet (PDF)

Partners and funding

This project is led by France Energies Marines.

The total project budget is €858K.

This project receives/received funding from France Energies Marines and its members and partners, as well as French State funding managed by the National Research Agency under the Investments for the Future Programme (ANR-10-IEED-0006-15).

Photo credit: CNRS / CEFE

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