[MARMAM] real-time detection publication

Mark Baumgartner mbaumgartner at whoi.edu
Tue Sep 3 09:53:47 PDT 2013


The following paper was recently published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  The article is available at the JASA website (http://link.aip.org/link/?JAS/134/3/htmltoc), my website (www.whoi.edu/sites/mbaumgartner) or by request to me.

Kind regards,
Mark Baumgartner

Baumgartner, M.F., D.M. Fratantoni, T.P. Hurst, M.W. Brown, T.V.N. Cole, S.M. Van Parijs, and M. Johnson.  2013.  Real-time reporting of baleen whale passive acoustic detections from ocean gliders.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 134:1814-1823.

In the past decade, much progress has been made in real-time passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammal occurrence and distribution from autonomous platforms (e.g., gliders, floats, buoys), but current systems focus primarily on a single call type produced by a single species, often from a single location.  A hardware and software system was developed to detect, classify, and report 14 call types produced by 4 species of baleen whales in real time from ocean gliders.  During a 3-week deployment in the central Gulf of Maine in late November and early December 2012, two gliders reported over 25,000 acoustic detections attributed to fin, humpback, sei, and right whales.  The overall false detection rate for individual calls was 14%, and for right, humpback, and fin whales, false predictions of occurrence during 15-minute reporting periods were 5% or less.  Transmitted pitch tracks – compact representations of sounds – allowed unambiguous identification of both humpback and fin whale song.  Of the 10 cases when whales were sighted during aerial or shipboard surveys and a glider was within 20 km of the sighting location, 9 were accompanied by real-time acoustic detections of the same species by the glider within ±12 hours of the sighting time.

Mark Baumgartner
Associate Scientist
Biology Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MS #33, Redfield 256
Woods Hole, MA 02543
mbaumgartner at whoi.edu
(508)289-2678 phone
(508)457-2134 fax

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