[MARMAM] New publication: A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna

Ursula Verfuss ukv at smruconsulting.com
Mon Feb 18 08:10:57 PST 2019

Dear all,

On behalf of my co-authors I am pleased to share our recent publication with you:

Verfuss, U.K., Aniceto, A.S., Harris, D.V., Gillespie, D., Fielding, S., Jiménez, G., Johnston, P., Sinclair, R.R., Sivertsen, A., Solbø, S.A., Storvold, R., Biuw, M., Wyatt, R., 2019. A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna. Marine Pollution Bulletin 140, 17-29.

The paper reviews currently available unmanned platforms suitable for surveying marine mammals and may therefore be of interested to the MARMAM community.

Recent technology developments have turned present-day unmanned systems into realistic alternatives to traditional
marine animal survey methods. Benefits include longer survey durations, improved mission safety,
mission repeatability, and reduced operational costs. We review the present status of unmanned vehicles suitable
for marine animal monitoring conducted in relation to industrial offshore activities, highlighting which systems
are suitable for three main monitoring types: population, mitigation, and focal animal monitoring. We describe
the technical requirements for each of these monitoring types and discuss the operational aspects. The selection
of a specific sensor/platform combination depends critically on the target species and its behaviour. The technical
specifications of unmanned platforms and sensors also need to be selected based on the surrounding
conditions of a particular offshore project, such as the area of interest, the survey requirements and operational

Please feel free to download the article here (open access):




Dr Ursula Verfuss
Principal Scientist · Bioacoustics


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