Aeroecology: Exploring Biodiversity with Radar

University of Leeds

Discover the groundbreaking course, "Aeroecology: Exploring Biodiversity with Radar," offered by the University of Leeds. This unique program delves into the transformation of radar from a military technology to a powerful tool for aeroecology, the study of airborne life forms. Through real-life case studies, participants will learn to interpret radar data, quantify species' biomass, and understand the taxonomic limits of radar technology.

Participants will gain insights into biodiversity trends and the evaluation of traditional and emerging monitoring methods. By exploring the principles of radar science, they will understand how radar data can reveal the diversity and abundance of organisms. This course equips scientists, researchers, and ecology enthusiasts with the skills to apply radar for novel approaches in biodiversity research, transforming biological, agricultural, and environmental studies.

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Aeroecology: Exploring Biodiversity with Radar
Course Modules

This course is divided into two modules, each covering essential aspects of radar science and aeroecology. Participants will explore the fundamentals of radar science, biodiversity research, and the advantages and limits of aeroecology, gaining practical skills for biodiversity exploration and understanding the transformative potential of radar technology.

Week 1 - Fundamentals of radar science and biodiversity research

The first module, "Fundamentals of radar science and biodiversity research," provides a comprehensive introduction to radar science and its applications in biodiversity research. Participants will explore the origins and evolution of radar technology, investigate biodiversity trends, and understand how radar can measure and monitor biodiversity. They will also gain insights into interpreting radar data visualizations, quantifying species' biomass, and the taxonomic limits of radar technology.

Week 2 - Advantages and limits of aeroecology in context

In the second module, "Advantages and limits of aeroecology in context," participants delve into the importance of diversity and abundance in aeroecology. They will learn about the classification and quantification of "bioscatterers," the taxonomic limits of radar, and the transformative potential of aeroecology in biological, agricultural, and environmental research. The module concludes with a comprehensive assessment and reflection on the key concepts covered throughout the course.

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