[MARMAM] Bio-Waves Passive Acoustic Technology Training Course, November 2014

Julie Oswald julie.oswald at bio-waves.net
Sun Sep 7 21:12:29 PDT 2014

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Bio-Waves, Inc. is pleased to announce that registration is now open for
our Passive Acoustic Technology training course, scheduled to occur
Tuesday, November 11th through Friday November 14th, 2014 (www.bio-waves.com).
This 4 day course combines lectures covering concepts,  theory and methods
with hands-on hardware demonstrations and computer training.  The aim of
the course is to give participants a working knowledge of passive acoustic
hardware,  software and methods used to study and monitor marine mammals.
The training course will familiarize individuals with passive acoustic
monitoring (PAM) equipment and best practices, as well as offer instruction
on troubleshooting and field repairs.  We will teach the basic skills
required to prepare individuals for work in the field as well as post
processing in the lab.  We will cover methods used for research as well as
mitigation and monitoring.  This course will be held at the University of
California, San Diego Supercomputer Center in La Jolla, California.

The training course will include the following:

   -          An introduction to the physics of underwater sound (lectures)
   -          An introduction to marine mammal acoustics (lectures)
   -          An introduction to PAM hardware such as hydrophones,
   sonobuoys and autonomous recorders (lectures and demo)
   -          Instruction on the design, setup, troubleshooting and repair
   of towed hydrophone array systems (Demo and hands-on training)
   -          Training in software used to detect, localize, and classify
   sounds produced by marine mammals (lectures, computer laboratory work and
   -          Training in software used to review and post-process acoustic
   data (lectures and computer laboratory work)
   -          Lectures on the role of passive acoustic methods in
   mitigation and marine mammal monitoring
   -          Lectures on best practices for effective acoustic data
   collection and management
   -          Guest lectures from subject area experts (e.g., scientists
   from local research institutes such as UCSD’s Scripps Institution of

    At the conclusion of the course, participants will have gained a
working knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of passive
acoustic system design, operation, and maintenance.  They will have had
hands-on experience with a variety of software programs commonly used
during real-time field operations and for data review and analysis.
Additionally, participants will have performed specific hardware tasks
(e.g. repairing cables, troubleshooting acoustic systems etc.), and will
receive a set of materials for reference in the field.

For those participants that are interested, we are pleased to offer course
credit for the training course through the University of California, San
Diego's Extension Program.  Four quarter units are available via a separate
UCSD application and fees.

 To register or obtain more information about the course please visit
<http://www.bio-waves.com>* and click on the "Passive Acoustic Technology
Training Course" button on the bottom of the main page.  A $300
non-refundable deposit towards the $1,450 total fee will be required to
secure your position in the course.  This cost includes a light breakfast
and catered lunch each day.  Early registration ends on Friday October 3rd,
after which a $100 late registration fee will be applied to the total.
 Limited space is available at a discounted rates for groups of three or
more or graduate students; discounts are available on a first come, first
served basis.  Also, while lodging is not available on UCSD campus, we have
a list of local hotels, some of which provide discounts if attending events
on campus, and will assist in coordinating room and ride share between
registrants via email prior to the training.  Please contact
education at bio-waves.net with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you
this fall!
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