Autonomous Real-time Marine Mammal Detections
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Roseway Basin, Southwestern Scotian Shelf, Canada, Summer 2014
Gliders were deployed in Roseway Basin in the southwestern Gulf of Maine to locate and study the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale in advance of a survey cruise to the region. The objectives of the cruise are to photo identify and biopsy right whales. A WHOI glider is being used as a reconnaissance tool to improve the efficiency of locating and studying whales, allowing researchers to spend less time searching for the whales and more time studying them. A second glider owned and operated by Dalhousie University will conduct both hydrographic and zooplankton surveys in the region as well.
Principal Investigators: Kim Davies, Chris Taggart, Tetjana Ross, Richard Davis (Dalhousie University), Moira Brown (New England Aquarium), and Mark Baumgartner (WHOI)
Analyst-reviewed species occurrence maps:
Daily analyst review:
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Links to detailed information for platform we10:
Automated detection data
Please email Mark Baumgartner at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a general desciption of the detection system and the autonomous platforms, visit dcs.whoi.edu.
The WHOI glider was expertly prepared by Ben Hodges (WHOI) and deployed by Adam Comeau (Dalhousie University). Support for the deployment and operation of the gliders was provided by the Canadian Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk. 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, 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).