Slocum Gliders Provide Accurate Near Real-Time Estimates of Baleen Whale Presence From Human-Reviewed Passive Acoustic Detection Information.
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Van Parijs, Sofie
Hodges, Ben A.
Bort Thornton, Jacqueline
Mensi, Bryan L.
Bruner, Scott M.
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Mitigating the effects of human activities on marine mammals often depends on monitoring animal occurrence over long time scales, large spatial scales, and in real time. Passive acoustics, particularly from autonomous vehicles, is a promising approach to meeting this need. We have previously developed the capability to record, detect, classify, and transmit to shore information about the tonal sounds of baleen whales in near real time from long-endurance ocean gliders. We have recently developed a protocol by which a human analyst reviews this information to determine the presence of marine mammals, and the results of this review are automatically posted to a publicly accessible website, sent directly to interested parties via email or text, and made available to stakeholders via a number of public and private digital applications. We evaluated the performance of this system during two 3.75-month Slocum glider deployments in the southwestern Gulf of Maine during the spring seasons of 2.....
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Marine turtles, birds, mammals abundance and distribution
Spatial CoverageNorth Atlantic Ocean
North Pacific Ocean
CitationBaumgartner, M.F., Bonnell, J., Corkeron, P.J., Van Parijs, S.M., Hotchkin, C., Hodges, B.A., Bort Thornton, J., Mensi, B.L. and Bruner, S.M. (2020) Slocum Gliders Provide Accurate Near Real-Time Estimates of Baleen Whale Presence From Human-Reviewed Passive Acoustic Detection Information. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:100, 12pp. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00100
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