Scientific Outcome

The observation of global migratory paths of animals with ICARUS opens up an exciting array of analytic breakdowns that allow the observer to witness the networking of ecosystems. With the small size and performance of the tags and with the additional information about the physiological status of the tracked animals it is possible to

  • monitor global climate changes
  • assess the effectiveness and the impact of pollination, pest control and seed dispersal
  • follow the paths of avian influenza, foot and mouth disease and ebola
  • detect wildlife crime or deforestation
  • provide information for effective conservation strategies
  • use animal behaviour as a sensitive measuring probe for disaster forecasts.

The utilization of ICARUS is open for all interested users to contribute with their research work and further applications to improve global knowledge.

Animal Tracking Applications

ICARUS – International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space

THE ICARUS Initiative is a world-wide cooperation of scientists. Their aim is to study the movement of animals around the globe and find new and deeper insights into the connection of habitats, ecosystem services, transmission of diseases, destruction of livelihoods and climatic change impacts. Furthermore, models of animal movements shall be elaborated in order to predict animal movements and thus help to safeguard human health, biodiversity and economic services provided by animals.

The ICARUS Initiative will provide the services and tools allowing researchers to understand the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

International cooperation for animal research using space