Biodiv Sci ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (6): 701-708.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2015283

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Geographic data management, refined route design and precise navigation in biodiversity field surveys

Bin Chen*()   

  1. Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, Shanghai 201602
  • Online:2016-06-20 Published:2016-06-20
  • Contact: Chen Bin


Field surveys are basic methods for biodiversity research and conservation. During field surveys, geographic conditions are usually complex, knowledge about local geographical information, design of routes for surveying, and the precision of field navigation directly influence the efficiency of fieldwork, and even personal security. Using Google Earth, we can convert and edit various geographic data and overlay these onto a 3 dimensional model of the Earth, to create a comprehensive geo-database. Then, we can choose the location of plots and design the routes of field surveys. By using OruxMaps, which can be installed on an Android mobile device, we can download and compile online maps into offline maps, find current locations, auto-record track logs, display designed routes onto the maps and precisely navigate to target locations. By using these tools interactively, we can easily manage the geographic data, design the routes in field survey and precisely navigate in the field. Thus, we not only enhance the efficiency of fieldwork but also improve personal safety during field surveys.

Key words: field survey, geographic data management, route design, navigation, Google Earth, OruxMaps