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Monitoring Marine Mammals from Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Project: Standard



We propose to deploy Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) devices on underwater gliders in conjunction with the FASTNEt Shelf Exchange programme to detect and record the calls of several species of whale and dolphin. Using oceanographic and biochemical data collected under the FASTNEt programme and elsewhere, we propose to investigate the relationship between cetacean abundance and their environment at a fine spatial scale, thus increasing knowledge of the ecology of these high trophic level species and providing valuable new information for their conservation.

Key findings

Two miniature DTAG-based sound recorders have been developed for this project. A recorder was installed in a Seaglider for a test deployment in November. Results from this deployment were reported in a phone conference with FastNet collaborators. Several more deployments are currently being collected or analyzed.
AcronymMonitoring Marine Mammals
Effective start/end date1/04/121/10/16
Funder Project ReferenceNE/J020176/1
St Andrews funding£109,261.28


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