[AniMov] radiotracking data advice

Damiano G. Preatoni prea at uninsubria.it
Tue Sep 15 18:10:08 CEST 2009

In un messaggio del Tuesday 15 September 2009, andrea santangeli ha scritto:
> Hi all,
> my name is Andrea Santangeli and I´m doing a PhD in Finland on the
> Tengmalm´s owl. Hi have a lot of radiotracking data to deal with and am
> asking for some practical advice: 1) extract the real position
> (coordinates) of the owl from one observer position (in geogr. coord of the
> type:  lat: 62.98851 and long: 23.06411), distance and bearing (degrees
> from 0 to 360), either with a fomula to apply in excel or with another
> program; 2) extract the real position (coordinates) of the owl from two
> observer positions (in geogr. coord of the type:  lat: 62.98851 and long:
> 23.06411), and bearing (degrees from 0 to 360), basically a triangulation
> issue here.

Hi Andrea
  first, perhaps diong something to your point locations - such as projecting 
them into a cartesian coordinate space - should be a first pass. To accomplish 
that, any GIS software will do, ranging from Quantum GIS to R geographical 
information system functions.

Once you have your location + bearing + distance or pair of location + 
bearings, then is simple trigonometry.

The second case is covered by the code in the triang.R script (still in 
development, look for the publicly available repository at 
svn://home.prea.net/svn), the first is a trivial conversion from polar to 
cartesian systems, again, you can find something in triang.R sourcecode.

By the way, choose your number crunching tool (i.e. a true GIS or a GIS-
capable data analysis environment) depending on what you have to do _next_, 
i.e. once your location + bearing + distance or triangulation have been 
transformed into owls positions... what happens? Home range calculations? (=> 
R) Buffering and land use clip? ( => QGis with R in the backoffice).

Hope this help!

You plan things that you do not even attempt because of your extreme caution.
Damiano G. Preatoni, PhD

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