Baird Software has an advanced Bio-Tracking software package that has the ability
to integrate a variety of complex dynamic datasets synchronized both temporally
and spatially into the same environment. The package can perform detailed analyses,
generate complete tracks using statistical methods to predict movements where data
is missing, and present the data through high quality detailed animations.
Initially these tools were for use primarily on our own projects to help us analyze
and visualize numerical model results, however we have discovered that they are
extremely useful for analyzing and visualizing the movement patterns of tagged
marine species. They not only allow the visualization and editing of the
tracking data in a three dimensional environment but also provide the opportunity
to view the tracks against dynamic environmental data such as currents, waves,
tides, temperature, salinity, habitat, etc. The ability to create interesting
and accurate 2D and 3D animations is a significant advantage when trying to convey
the results clearly and concisely in public forums.