Although APOPO has trained mine detection rats for many years, no published data exist on how weather parameters relate to detection accuracy. Using data taken during routine training, we show that there was little relationship between the detection success of rats and rainfall but find that rates decreased, on average, with increasing temperatures and increased with higher humidities. Individual rats vary in terms of sensitivity to temperature in that
McLean, Ian and Sargisson, Rebecca
"Effects of Weather on Detection of Landmines by Giant African Pouched Rats,"
Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction: Vol. 21
, Article 10.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol21/iss1/10