Radar Entomology

Observing Insect Flight and Migration

February 2013
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  • Published
    6th February 2013
  • ISBN 9781845935566
  • Language English
  • Pages 512 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.75"
  • Images 143 illus

Many of the world's most serious agricultural pests are highly migratory. Through the use of special-purpose radars we are provided with insights into their movement and how they learn about and navigate through their environment. This text examines the behavior and regional variations of these species, as well as the altitude of migration, concentration of insects in layers and how they respond to large and small-scale wind systems. The book relates radar observation of insect movement to complementary and competing methodologies and surveys its capabilities and limitations. It also deals with the applications of these findings in the management and forecasting of both pest and beneficial insects, and will be an essential reference for those working in agricultural entomology and pest management.

"... the volume has much to offer anyone interested in radar studies of the atmosphere and its inhabitants. Drake & Reynolds have done a brilliant job of detailing the technical aspects of different types of radar and summarizing nearly 40 years of findings from studies using radar techniques. Future researchers in radar biology will need to read carefully the more technical chapters and sections in the volume, and the general reader will enjoy the coverage of the biological discoveries that have been made using the technology."

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1) Introduction
2) Remote Sensing and Insect Observation
3) Radar Principles
4) Insects as Radar Targets
5) Entomological Radar Designs
6) Observing Insects with Radar: I. Performance, Surveillance and Target Characterization
7) Observing Insects with Radar: II. Quantitative Estimation and Parameter Retrieval
8) Additional Radar, Radar-Like and Radio Technologies for Insect Observation
9) Insect Migration, its Quantification and the Role ofthe Atmosphere
10) Insect Migratory Flight I. Principal Features
11) Insect Migratory Flight II. Concentrations and Disturbances
12) Insect Migration, Population Movements and Pest Management
13) Migrations of Pest and Beneficial Insects
14) Insect Foraging Movements
15) Insect Echo on Meteorological Radars
16) Radar Entomology: Perspectives and Prospects

Appendix A: Performance Monitoring and Calibration
Appendix B: Regulatory and Safety Issues

V. Alistair Drake

V. Alistair Drake is at The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy and Institute of Applied Ecology, Australia.

Don R. Reynolds

Don R. Reynolds is at the University of Greenwich, UK and Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK.