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A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna

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Ursula K. Verfuss, Ana Sofia Aniceto, Danielle V. Harris, Douglas Gillespie, Sophie Fielding, Guillermo Jiménez, Phil Johnston, Rachael R. Sinclair, Agnar Sivertsen, Stian A. Solbø, Rune Storvold, Martin Biuw, Roy Wyatt

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Abstract

Recent technology developments have turned present-day unmanned systems into realistic alternatives to traditional marine animal survey methods. Benefits include longer survey durations, improved mission safety, mission repeatability, and reduced operational costs. We review the present status of unmanned vehicles suitable for marine animal monitoring conducted in relation to industrial offshore activities, highlighting which systems are suitable for three main monitoring types: population, mitigation, and focal animal monitoring. We describe the technical requirements for each of these monitoring types and discuss the operational aspects. The selection of a specific sensor/platform combination depends critically on the target species and its behaviour. The technical specifications of unmanned platforms and sensors also need to be selected based on the surrounding conditions of a particular offshore project, such as the area of interest, the survey requirements and operational constraints.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume140
Early online date18 Jan 2019
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Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019

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  • Unmanned vehicles, Marine animal monitoring, Underwater sound, Environmental impact assessment, Offshore industry

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