Flow Sensing in Air and Water

Behavioral, Neural and Engineering Principles of Operation

  • Horst Bleckmann
  • Joachim Mogdans
  • Sheryl L. Coombs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Spatio-Temporal Structure of Natural Water and Air Flow Stimuli

  3. Flow Sensing and Animal Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Shane P. Windsor
      Pages 103-125
    3. Guido Dehnhardt, Wolf Hanke, Sven Wieskotten, Yvonne Krüger, Lars Miersch
      Pages 147-167
    4. Susanne J. Sterbing-D’Angelo, Cynthia F. Moss
      Pages 197-213
  4. Evolution and Development of Flow Sensors

  5. Biomechanics and Physiology of Flow Sensors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Primož Pirih, Gaston C. Sendin, Sietse M. van Netten
      Pages 335-370

About this book


In this book, leading scientists in the fields of sensory biology, neuroscience, physics and engineering explore the basic operational principles and behavioral uses of flow sensing in animals and how they might be applied to engineering applications such as autonomous control of underwater or aerial vehicles.

Although humans possess no flow-sensing abilities, countless aquatic (e.g. fish, cephalopods and seals), terrestrial (e.g. crickets and spiders) and aerial (e.g. bats) animals have flow sensing abilities that underlie remarkable behavioral feats.  These include the ability to follow silent hydrodynamic trails long after the trailblazer has left the scene, to form hydrodynamic images of their environment in total darkness, and to swim or fly efficiently and effortlessly in the face of destabilizing currents and winds.


Artificial flow sensors Flow detection Hydrodynamics Lateral line Trichobothria

Editors and affiliations

  • Horst Bleckmann
    • 1
  • Joachim Mogdans
    • 2
  • Sheryl L. Coombs
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Zoology, University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Institute for ZoologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41446-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-41445-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-41446-6
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