Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Research article
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29 Nov 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 29 Nov 2018

What can seabirds tell us about the tide?

Matthew Cooper, Charles Bishop, Matthew Lewis, David Bowers, Mark Bolton, Ellie Owen, and Stephen Dodd

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This paper describes a feasibility study carried out to determine if information gathered for one discipline could be repurposed to provide insight in another. Data gathered during a study of bird distribution were used to investigate whether these same data could be used to measure tidal current velocities and direction. The paper concludes that there is potential to use GPS-tagged birds as drifters of opportunity and that interdisciplinary sharing of data can provide additional insight.