Marine Wildlife Behavior Database
This section includes fields that provide background on the study that collected the diving and movement data.
R_Authors: Authors of the published paper
R_Year: Year the study was published
R_Title: Published title of the study
R_Journal: Journal of publication (title, volume, page #)
R_Keywords: Descriptive terms from the following picklist:
- Animal group
- humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
- North Atlantic right whale, northern right whale, Eubalaena glacialis
- harbor porpoise, Phocoena phocoena
- harbor seal, Phoca vitulina
- sea turtle
- leatherback sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea
- Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua
- sea bird
- other marine mammals
- polar bear
- sea otter
R_Hemisphere: Hemisphere of the study location (i.e., northwest, northeast, southwest, southeast)
- Begining Latitude (decimal degrees)
R_BeginLatitude(dd): Latitude of study location
- Begining Longitude (decimal degrees)
R_BeginLongitude(dd): Longitude of study location.
- Ending Latitude (decimal degrees)
R_EndLatitude(dd): Latitude of study location. If describing a point location, begining and ending values will be the same.
- Ending Longitude (decimal degrees)
R_EndLongitude(dd): Longitude of study location. If describing a point location, begining and ending values will be the same.
R_Topology: Type of feature the coordinates describe, i.e. bounding box, point, trackline.
- Geographic area
R_GeographicArea: The region in which the study occurred, selected from the following picklist:
- Open ocean
- Submarine canyons
- Other, please specify
- Water depth (meters)
R_WaterDepth(m): Mean water depth of the study location (meters)
- Year of Study
R_YearStudy: Year(s) the study was conducted
- Month of Study
R_MonthStudy: The month(s) during which the study was conducted
- How were the data collected?
R_CollectionMethod: Data Collection Methods
- Resolution of the data
R_Resolution: The temporal and spatial precision of the collected data, i.e the smallest increments in time and depth that were recorded, and the sampling rate/interval over which the data were collected.
- Diurnal Patterns Tested?
R_DiurnalPatternTested: Did study test for diurnal patterns? (Y/N).
- Diurnal Patterns Detected?
R_DiurnalPatternDetected: Did the animal exhibit any day/night patterns in its behavior? (Y/N). If yes, then data should be presented in separate rows for each day and night subset (use next column to indicate which subset that row refers to).
R_DiurnalDayNight: During what time of the day was the experiment conducted.
- Method for presenting data?
- Figure with eyeball extraction of data
- Figure with graphical tool extraction of data
- Data on individual animals available?
R_DataIndividualAnimals: Were data on individual subjects reported (Enter "Y"), or were the data grouped for the publication (Enter "N")
- Fields for which data on indv. animals available?
R_FieldsIndividualAnimals: Fields for which are presented on individual animals.
- Dive depth
- Dive time
- Bottom behavior
- Vertical rate
- Diving speed
- Dive angle
- Surfacing angle
- Surface behavior
- Time at-sea/on-land
- Individual Animal ID#
R_IndividualAnimalId: Enter the animal's ID# to which this entry corresponds.
- Number of individuals for which data were grouped
R_IndividualsGrouped: If data on individual animals are not presented, how many animals were studied/contributed to the grouped data.
- Raw Data Available?
R_RawDataAvailable: Has the researcher provided raw electronic data (Y/N). If yes, give URL from TOPP or filename for the raw data.
R_Comments: Free-form field to note complications with data entry, information to review at a later date, etc.