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Futurecasting ecological research: the rise of technoecology

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posted on 2024-06-03, 15:05 authored by BM Allan, DG Nimmo, Daniel IerodiaconouDaniel Ierodiaconou, J VanDerWal, LP Koh, Euan RitchieEuan Ritchie
Increasingly complex research questions and global challenges (e.g., climate change and biodiversity loss) are driving rapid development, refinement, and uses of technology in ecology. This trend is spawning a distinct sub‐discipline, here termed “technoecology.” We highlight recent ground‐breaking and transformative technological advances for studying species and environments: bio‐batteries, low‐power and long‐range telemetry, the Internet of things, swarm theory, 3D printing, mapping molecular movement, and low‐power computers. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize ecology by providing “next‐generation” ecological data, particularly when integrated with each other, and in doing so could be applied to address a diverse range of requirements (e.g., pest and wildlife management, informing environmental policy and decision making). Critical to technoecology's rate of advancement and uptake by ecologists and environmental managers will be fostering increased interdisciplinary collaboration. Ideally, such partnerships will span the conception, implementation, and enhancement phases of ideas, bridging the university, public, and private sectors.

History

Journal

Ecosphere

Volume

9

Article number

ARTN e02163

Pagination

1 - 11

Location

Washington, D.C.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

2150-8925

eISSN

2150-8925

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Ecological Society of America

Issue

5

Publisher

WILEY