12 April 2004 Thermal imaging application for behavior study of chosen nocturnal animals
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This paper presents preliminary results of the project brought up with aim to verify the hypothesis that small, nocturnal rodents use common paths which form a common, rather stable system for fast movement. This report concentrates on results of merging uniquely good detecting features of modern IR thermal cameras with newly elaborated software. Among the final results offered by this method there are both thermal movies and single synthetic graphic images of paths traced during a few minutes or hours of investigations, as well as detailed numerical data of the ".txt" type about chosen detected events. Although it is to early to say that elaborated method will allow us to answer all ecological questions, it is possible to say that we worked out a new, valuable tool for the next steps of our project. We expect that this method enables us to solve the important ecological problems of nocturnal animals study. Supervised, stably settled area can be enlarged by use of a few thermal imagers or IR thermographic cameras, simultaneously. Presented method can be applied in other uses, even distant from presented e.g. ecological corridors detection.
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Piotr Pregowski, Piotr Pregowski, Edyta Owadowska, Edyta Owadowska, Jan Pietrzak, Jan Pietrzak, "Thermal imaging application for behavior study of chosen nocturnal animals", Proc. SPIE 5405, Thermosense XXVI, (12 April 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.546807; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.546807

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