GloBAM - Global Biomass flows of Aerial Migrants

  • Desmet, Peter (Project leader)
  • Van Hoey, Stijn (Cooperator)
  • Noé, Nicolas (Cooperator)

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 date1/04/1931/12/22

Thematic List 2020

  • Data & infrastructure

Free keywords

  • radar
  • aeroecology

Thematic list

  • Monitoring networks
  • Insects
  • Birds
  • 3rd International Radar Aeroecology Conference

    Silke Bauer (Organiser), Peter Desmet (Organiser), Judy Shamoun‐Baranes (Organiser), Andrew Farnsworth (Organiser) & Jarmo Koistinen (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conference, workshop, training, seminar, meeting