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Software for real-time localization of baleen whale calls using directional sonobuoys: a case study on Antarctic blue whales

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Brian S. Miller, Susannah Calderan, Douglas Gillespie, Graham Weatherup, Russell Leaper, Kym Collins, Michael C. Double

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Directional frequency analysis and recording (DIFAR) sonobuoys can allow real-time acoustic localization of baleen whales for underwater tracking and remote sensing, but limited availability of hardware and software has prevented wider usage. These software limitations were addressed by developing a module in the open-source software PAMGuard. A case study is presented demonstrating that this software provides greater efficiency and accessibility than previous methods for detecting, localizing, and tracking Antarctic blue whales in real time. Additionally, this software can easily be extended to track other low and mid frequency sounds including those from other cetaceans, pinnipeds, icebergs, shipping, and seismic airguns.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)EL83-EL89
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume139
Issue number3
Early online date21 Mar 2016
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Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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