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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: January 2021

Introduction

from Part I - GPS for Primatologists

Summary

Over the last two decades, technological advances in GPS (global positioning devices) and GIS (global information systems) have allowed primatologists to dramatically increase the quantity of spatial location data they can gather in the field, and the complexity of the analyses they can perform on these data. Prior to 15 years ago, GPS units did not function well in remote locations and/or under dense foliage, thus they were useless for most field primatologists. In contrast, in the last 15 years, technological advances have made GPS devices functional across the globe and in most environments, allowing field researchers to collect detailed spatial data using this technology. In addition, increased access to and development of GIS software has allowed primatologists around the world to perform complex analyses of these data.

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