The ICARUS Executive Board

Published by Max Planck Institute on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:53

Clockwise from top left

Prof. Dr. Martin Wikelski, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Department of Migration and Immuno-ecology and Professor at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Head of the ICARUS Project.

Prof. Dr. Meg Crofoot, Assistant Professor, PhD, Harvard University, Davis, U.S.A. and Fellow , Smithsonian TropicalResearch Institute (STRI), Panama.

Prof. Dr. Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University and Director of the Biodiversity & Earth Observation Lab, Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, U.S.A.

Prof. Dr. Kasper Thorup, Head of Ringing Section Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen,

Dr. Grigori Tertitski, Senior Researcher, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.

Prof. Dr. Gil Bohrer, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Dep. Of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.

Russian-German ICARUS Scientific Kick-Off Workshop, Nov. 19th-21st, 2014

Published by Max Planck Institute on Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:27

Organized by the IG RAS (Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences) and the MPIO (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell), the first Russian-German ICARUS kick-off Workshop was hold at the Russian Academy of Sciences Headquarter Moscow from November 19th-21st. The 16 winners of the contest "ICARUS Russia" presented their most interesting and challenging scientific experiments for the ICARUS experimental phase which will start in summer 2016 after the launch of ICARUS on the ISS (International Space Station).



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scientific presentations

ICARUS side event on CMS/COP11 meeting in Quito/Ecuador on Nov. 7th, 2014

Published by Max Planck Institute on Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:44

Organized by the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology and the University of Konstanz, this event showcased the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) system – a global collaboration of animal scientists establishing satellite-based infrastructure for the observation of small species, including birds, bats and sea turtles. Martin Wilkeski, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, explained the system, highlighting that it consists of both space-borne elements including the International Space Center, and earth-borne elements including miniaturized animal tags.
Participants at the event discussed the importance of ICARUS, including its uses in disaster forecasting, conservation and discovery of unknown migrations.
UNEP/CMS/COP11 final resolution:
"Acknowledging that the ability to increasingly track animals globally will greatly enhance the knowledge base for informed conservation decision making, for example through global tracking initiatives such as ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space), planned to be implemented on the International Space Station by the German and Russian Aerospace Centres (DLR and Roscosmos) by the end of 2015; "

Migration ecology (Tracking animal movement)

29. For many migratory species knowledge of their migration routes, the timing of their migration and consequently threats during their migration is missing. Furthermore there is a high number of endangered species, especially smaller ones, where it is unknown if they exhibit migratory behaviour. New technologies, such as those developed under the ICARUS project7, and new methodologies will make tracking of smaller animals feasible. Increasing application of existing animal tracking methodology and adoption of new technology and methods, holds great promise to improve knowledge on the migratory behaviour of many species. Several research institutes and universities advance research on tracking animal movement, including, for example, the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the members of ICARUS. Keeping up to date on these new technologies and promoting their use among CMS Parties is an issue that can help bring forward the CMS agenda in the coming years, particularly the Convention’s work on connectivity and ecological networks.

2. Technical Russian/German ICARUS Meeting

Published by Max Planck Institute on Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:58

From the 23rd of June until the 27th of June, the second technical German/Russian ICARUS meeting took place at Lake Constance. In collaboration with the Russian colleagues from RKK-Energia and IG RAS Moscow, as well as Space Tech Immenstaad and the DLR (German Aerospace Center) the technical and scientific parameter were redefined, because of the amended implementation of the ICARUS Hardware on the Russian Service Module of the ISS(International Space Station). The documents were ratified. As a result of the necessary redesign, the launch date was changed to spring 2016. At the same time the first ICARUS tag prototype will be tested by the ICARUS system on the ISS from an altitude of 430-470km above the earth surface.

Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the ICARUS Space Project successfully achieved

Published by Max Planck Institute on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:59

The Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology held the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) from March 26 to March 27, 2014 in Radolfzell.

The review was carried out according to the strict DLR (German Aerospace) guidelines and achieved the technical maturity of the PDR successfully.

The Max-Planck thanks the Review Board, Review-  and Technical Team for their big support in the project.