Electro-Optical Approach for Airborne Marine Mammal Surveys and Density Estimations
ADVANCED COHERENT TECHNOLOGIES LLC SAN DIEGO CA
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Observing marine mammal distribution and determining population densities is a complex problem that has been ongoing for many decades. Modern approaches use a varying combination of sophisticated acoustic monitoring and highly trained visual observers from both ships and aircraft. New electro-optical and infrared EOIR camera systems with automatic detection algorithms offer the option to do quantitative airborne surveys safely and quickly. This paper discusses an airborne EOIR modular system used to observe marine mammals, make density measurements and eventually be used to quantify animal behaviors.
- Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices