6EV314 Population monitoring using radiotracking


Learning outcomes

A student with fulfilled qualifications will have the following learning outcome:



  • has thorough knowledge of the application, possibilities and limitations of the most commonly used radiotags and biosensors in wildlife research
  • is acquainted with the procedures and permissons used to apply radiotags to wildlife
  • knows the most important geographic projections and coordinate systems



  • can apply triangulation in the field to track VHF-tags
  • is able to set up and organize databases to store location data
  • can organize and analyse radiotracking and GPS-data using database and statistics programs

General competence:


  • is aware of the animal welfare law applied to wildlife monitored with radiotags
  • has an in-depth insight into different tracking methods and the advantages and disadvantages of these methods
  • has some basic understanding of spatial data and their applications in applied ecology


Course content

Radiotracking techniques and applications, design of radiotelemetry studies, laws and permits needed, animal welfare, radiotelemetry in practice, triangulation, GPS use and GPS measurement errors, storage and management of spatial data in databases, organisation and visualization of radiotelemetry data in Excel, basic movement analyses.

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, field tests, seminars

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

Coursework requirements

Oral presentation



Written scientific report.

Grading according to ECTS-system on scale A-E for passed and F for failed.