[MARMAM] Bio-Waves Passive Acoustic Technology Training Course, April 2016 - Second Announcement

Julie Oswald oswald.jn at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 12:08:06 PST 2016

This is the second announcement for the Bio-Waves, Inc. Passive Acoustic
Technology training course, scheduled to occur *Monday, April 18th through
Friday April 22nd, 2016*.  This five 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 for troubleshooting and field
repairs.  We will teach the basic skills required to prepare individuals
for work as passive acoustic field and post processing technicians.  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 tasks (e.g. repairing cables,
troubleshooting acoustic systems etc.), and will receive a set of materials
for reference in the field.

For those participants who 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 $1,575 total fee will be required to
secure your position in the course.  This cost includes a light breakfast
and catered lunch.  Early registration ends on *Friday March 18th *after
which a $100 late registration fee will be applied to the total.  Limited
space is available at a discounted rate of $1,400 for groups of two 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 coming spring!

"If you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical
expression, go out and explore"

           -Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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