Recording animals in the wild requires easy to use applications that are portable and versatile enough to work in many situations and locations by untrained lay people. The Quick Capture, Survey123, Tracker and Collector/Field Maps apps provided by ESRI allow individual requirements for detailed data, imagery, tracking, and accessibility, creating diverse smartphone apps for bush fire casualties recording, the citizen science Belair Koala Count, and multiple surveys for different flora and fauna in one Collector app.
Conservation management, biodiversity distribution mapping and wildlife emergency responses require accurate spatial information to assist in planning actions and monitoring results. The ESRI Field data collection apps provide a suite of options, from simple point and click counts/images on the fly, to detailed survey forms with nested conditional questions and links referring to online data sets, with an additional tracking facility to record the paths taken by your surveyor.
Quick Capture is a rapid, simple app to collect point/click data while driving in a car. Survey123’s more complex surveys can be easily created through the web form or on a desktop. Collector, now Field Maps, uses Smart Forms that create a detailed questionnaire with multiple nested domains/subtypes, conditional questions, autofill options, field calculations, sketch notes on the map, for use in the field, and, in collaboration with Tracker, can ensure full survey area coverage. The ability to create offline maps for use in non-network sites adds even more versatility to these field apps.
Veterinary bushfire response data collection apps record locations and numbers of animal casualties over the months following the initial fire. The instantaneous data uploads show the operations base where the field teams are and assists with planning daily requirements for team support and field hospital triage needs. When mapped with Burn Indices and topography layers in a GIS, patterns of casualties may better direct response actions in future events. The use of smartphone apps appeals to students in STEM and social sciences topics and demonstrates the value of good quality spatial data in their everyday life. The results can be published in online dashboards, interactive web apps or story maps for all to see, further expanding the functionality and attraction of this data collection method.
GIS smartphone surveys are being used more frequently when collecting citizen science data. The ability to record images and predefined answer choices information means analysis on return to the lab is faster than previous paper-based surveys, with considerably less human error and cleaner data. The online interface allows data sharing across the organisation or to international collaborators immediately.
ESRI’s field app suite continues to improve the ability to collect accurate, detailed spatial data by members of an organisation or the public in citizen science events.
Dr Claire Moore
I am a veterinarian interested in zoonotic disease spatial epidemiology, wildlife conservation biology and wildlife bushfire emergency management. I am currently a PhD candidate using my GIS Masters and veterinary experience to study the spatial distribution of South Australian koalas and the infectious diseases which threaten their population health and survival
Dr Claire Moore (PhD Candidate at Flinders University)
Time & room
2:30 pm–2:45 pm
City Room 1
Date & venue
Friday 17 September 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre