Autonomous Real-time Marine Mammal Detections
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Mount Desert Rock Buoy
A DMON buoy was deployed near Mount Desert Rock in the northern Gulf of Maine to monitor the presence of baleen whales in near real time by automatically detecting and identifying their calls. Visual observations collected from the lighthouse at Mount Desert Rock within a 2 nautical mile radius around the buoy will be used to evaluate the accuracy of the near real-time passive acoustic detections obtained by the DMON buoy.
Principal Investigators: Cara Hotchkin (NAVFAC Atlantic), Sofie Van Parijs (NEFSC), Peter Corkeron (NEFSC), and Mark Baumgartner (WHOI)
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Links to detailed information for platform dmon011:
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 WHOI DMON buoy was expertly prepared by Jeff Pietro, Kris Newhall and the WHOI Buoy Group. Critical engineering support was provided by Leo-Paul Pelletier, Jim Partan, Tom Hurst, and Keenan Ball (WHOI). Support for the deployment and operation of the buoy was provided by the Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) and the Navy's Living Marine Resources Program (LMR). Chris Tremblay is leading the visual observation effort from Mount Desert Rock, and support for observers is provided by ESTCP, LMR, and the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center Protected Species Branch.
The DMON instrument was developed by Mark Johnson and Tom Hurst at WHOI. Mark Johnson was responsible for developing the application programming interface (API) for the DMON, and coded the initial DMON implementation of the pitch tracking algorithm described in Baumgartner and Mussoline (2011). Support for the development and testing of the DMON/LFDCS was provided by the Office of Naval Research, and additional support for integration and testing on a variety of autonomous platforms was provided by 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).