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ID Number 2473
Study Type In Situ
Model A study has been conducted in vicinity of cell phone towers to draw a possible link among avian occurrences, nesting and electromagnetic radiation emitted from the towers.
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AUTHORS' ABSTRACT: Bhattacharya and Roy 2014 (IEEE #5955): Electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone base stations has become a global concern for its adverse effects on human health as well as on flora and faunas. Behaviour of avian community may be changed while exposed to the high level of power density. A study has been conducted at Kalyani (22°58'30"N, 88°26'04"E), Nadia, in vicinity of cell phone towers to draw a possible link among avian occurrences, nesting and electromagnetic radiation emitted from the towers. Birds and their nests have been counted using point count method at different distances in four cardinal directions from the masts, while recording the power density. It is observed that power density shows peak value within the distance 8m to 20m from the towers where the average percentage of occurrence is found lowest (1.59% and 1.81%). No avian nest has been detected near the towers. First natural nest is that of Jungle Babbler (Turdoides striata) at 80m away from a tower. More intensive studies are essential to evaluate the relation between avian behaviors and electromagnetic radiations.

Findings Effects (replication needed)
Status Completed With Publication
Principal Investigator
Funding Agency ?????
Country INDIA
References
  • Bhattacharya , R et al. International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology., (2014) 3:32-36
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