Autonomous Real-time Marine Mammal Detections
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Western Scotian Shelf, Canada, Summer 2016
A Slocum glider was deployed on the western Scotian Shelf to locate and study whales and their habitats. The glider mission will help explain variation in baleen whale acoustic presence across areas that differ in their physical and biological oceanographic habitat characteristics, to find out if whales have preference for certain habitat types. The glider will provide shipboard and aerial whale survey teams with reconnaissance data on endangered North Atlantic right whales, as well as provide the Canadian navy with real-time whale presence data during their exercises.
Principal Investigators: Kim Davies, Chris Taggart, Hansen Johnson, Richard Davis (Dalhousie University), Moira Brown (New England Aquarium), and Mark Baumgartner (WHOI)
Daily analyst review:
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Automated detection data
Please email Mark Baumgartner at email@example.com. For a general desciption of the detection system and the autonomous platforms, visit dcs.whoi.edu.
The Dalhousie glider was expertly prepared by Adam Comeau, Hansen Johnson, and Richard Davis (Dalhousie University). Support for the deployment and operation of the gliders was provided by the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) Whales, Habitat and Listening Experiment (WHaLE), the Ocean Tracking Network, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Royal Canadian Navy. MEOPAR-WHaLE is supported by 20 collaborating organizations, listed here: meopar.ca/research/project/whale-whales-habitat-and-listening-experiment. Support for the development, integration, and testing of the glider DMON/LFDCS was provided by the Office of Naval Research and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Advanced Sampling Technologies Working Group in collaboration with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Passive Acoustics Research Group (leader: Sofie Van Parijs).