Icarus stands for International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space. Scientists taking part in the Icarus-initiative are working together to study the behavior of animals.
Scientists want to use Icarus to find out more about the life of animals on earth: the migratory routes they take and their living conditions. These findings will aid behavioural research, species protection and research into the paths taken in the spread of infectious diseases. The information should even help to predict ecological changes and natural disasters.
In the process, the Icarus researchers will attach mini-transmitters to a variety of animal species. These transmitters then send their measurement data to a receiver station in space. The receiver station in turn transmits the data to a ground station from where it is sent to the relevant teams of researchers. The results will be published in a database that will be accessible to everyone: movebank
Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell/Konstanz, and University of Konstanz
Uschi Müller (Coordinator)
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell/Konstanz
Currently being commissioned. Overseeing global tagging activities.
Scientific advisory board
Prof. Dr. Gil Bohrer
Center for the Environment, Harvard University
Prof. Dr. Meg Crofoot
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell/Konstanz, University of Konstanz and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Prof. Dr. Roland Kays
North Carolina State University and Director of the Biodiversity & Earth Observation Lab, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, USA
Prof. Dr. Kate Mansfield
Biological Sciences, University of Central Florida
Prof. Dr. Kasper Thorup
Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen