Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris) passive acoustic detection in increasing ambient noise

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

DOI

Abstract

Passive acoustic detection is being increasingly used to monitor visually cryptic cetaceans such as Blainville's beaked whales (Mesoplodon densirostris) that may be especially sensitive to underwater sound. The efficacy of passive acoustic detection is traditionally characterized by the probability of detecting the animal's sound emissions as a function of signal-to-noise ratio. The probability of detection can be predicted using accepted, but not necessarily accurate, models of the underwater acoustic environment. Recent field studies combining far-field hydrophone arrays with on-animal acoustic recording tags have yielded the location and time of each sound emission from tagged animals, enabling in-situ measurements of the probability of detection. However, tagging studies can only take place in calm seas and so do not reflect the full range of ambient noise conditions under which passive acoustic detection may be used. Increased surface-generated noise from wind and wave interaction degrades the signal-to-noise ratio of animal sound receptions at a given distance leading to a reduction in probability of detection. This paper presents a case study simulating the effect of increasing ambient noise on detection of M. densirostris foraging clicks recorded from a tagged whale swimming in the vicinity of a deep-water, bottom-mounted hydrophone array. (C) 2011 Acoustical Society of America.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-669
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume129
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Spatio-temporal variation in click production rates of beaked whales: implications for passive acoustic density estimation

    Warren, V. E., Marques, T. A., Harris, D., Thomas, L., Tyack, P. L., Aguilar de Soto, N., Hickmott, L. S. & Johnson, M. P., Mar 2017, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 141, 3, p. 1962-1974 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Roaring and repetition: how bowhead whales adjust their call density and source level (Lombard effect) in the presence of natural and seismic airgun survey noise

    Thode, A. M., Blackwell, S. B., Conrad, A. S., Kim, K. H., Marques, T., Thomas, L., Oedekoven, C. S., Harris, D. & Broker, K., 31 Mar 2020, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 3, p. 2061-2080 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Estimating group size from acoustic footprint to improve Blainville’s beaked whale abundance estimation

    Marques, T. A., Jorge, P. A., Mouriño, H., Thomas, L., Moretti, D. J., Dolan, K., Claridge, D. & Dunn, C., 15 Dec 2019, In: Applied Acoustics . 156, p. 434-439

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Understanding the population consequences of disturbance

    Pirotta, E., Booth, C. G., Costa, D. P., Fleishman, E., Kraus, S. D., Lusseau, D., Moretti, D., New, L. F., Schick, R. S., Schwarz, L. K., Simmons, S. E., Thomas, L., Tyack, P. L., Weise, M. J., Wells, R. S. & Harwood, J., 12 Sep 2018, In: Ecology and Evolution. Early View, 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. Acoustic detection range and population density of Cuvier's beaked whales estimated from near-surface hydrophones

    Barlow, J., Fregosi, S., Thomas, L., Harris, D. & Griffiths, E. T., 5 Jan 2021, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 149, 1, p. 111-125 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. Animal-borne tags provide insights into the acoustic communication of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) on the calving grounds

    Dombroski, J. R. G., Parks, S. E., Flores, P. A. C., Martín López, L. M., Shorter, K. A. & Groch, K. R., Jun 2020, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 6, p. EL498-EL503

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Comparison of fin whale 20 Hz call detections by deep-water mobile autonomous and stationary recorders

    Fregosi, S., Harris, D. V., Matsumoto, H., Mellinger, D. K., Negretti, C., Moretti, D. J., Martin, S. W., Matsuyama, B., Dugan, P. J. & Klinck, H., 10 Feb 2020, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 2, p. 961-977 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Estimating the effects of pile driving sounds on seals: pitfalls and possibilities

    Whyte, K. F., Russell, D. JF., Sparling, C. E., Binnerts, B. & Hastie, G. D., Jun 2020, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 6, p. 3948-3958

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  5. Fin whale acoustic presence and song characteristics in seas to the southwest of Portugal

    Pereira, A., Harris, D., Tyack, P. & Matias, L., Apr 2020, In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 4, p. 2235-2249 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

ID: 20034865

Top