GloBAM - Global Biomass flows of Aerial Migrants

Project Details


Our major scientific objectives are to:

- Retrieve biological information from (weather) radar networks,
- Quantify biomass flows of aerial migrants (birds and insects) in Europe and North America,
- Link radar data with observational citizen-science databases to increase understanding of radar patterns and derived conclusions,
- Identify functional relations between patterns in biomass flows and a suite of relevant external variables, particularly focusing on influences of weather and climate, but also on variables with a human dimension such as land use, artificial light and wind energy installations,
- Analyse current distributions in these external variables and develop scenarios of their potential future changes,
- Combine relations between biomass flows and external variables and future projections of external variables for an assessment of their consequences on aerial migrants,
- Assess the role of migrants in shaping community structure and ecosystem functioning (and thus, biodiversity) by estimating their implications for nutrient cycles,
- Develop an automated, open-access data infrastructure for archiving and accessing information on biomass flows.
Effective start/end date1/04/1930/03/22

Thematic List 2020

  • Data & infrastructure

Free keywords

  • citizen science

Thematic list

  • Monitoring networks
  • Insects
  • Birds