Develop a General Framework for Estimating Cetacean Density from Data Collected by Slow-Moving Autonomous Ocean Vehicles, Investigating Key Aspects of Survey Design, Data Collection, and Data Analysis
Bioacoustics Research Program, Cornell University Ithaca United States
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In this project, which started in April 2015, we focus on cetacean density estimation using autonomous underwater vehicles such as ocean gliders. These instruments are of particular interest to the Navy and have the potential to play a key role in future marine mammal monitoring efforts. The major advantage of gliders and other autonomous vehicles over prior methods is their ability to provide both spatial and temporal coverage of an area during a survey. However the methods for estimating cetacean density from autonomous vehicles do not currently exist.