[MARMAM] ONLINE COURSE – Introduction to Aquatic Acoustic Telemetry (IAAT02)

Oliver Hooker oliverhooker at prstatistics.com
Tue Sep 20 08:03:37 PDT 2022


I thought this m9ght be of interest to any group members who are using
aquatic acoustic telemetry in their marine mammal studies/research.

*ONLINE COURSE – Introduction to Aquatic Acoustic Telemetry (IAAT02)*

https://www.prstatistics.com/course/online-course-introduction-to-aquatic-acoustic-telemetry-iaat02/

Monday, October 3rd, 2022
COURSE DETAILS

Acoustic telemetry is a popular method for monitoring the movements and
behaviour of aquatic animals globally. Increasingly smaller tags along with
improvements in battery technology have allowed for tagging a wide
variety of species and life stages, enabling monitoring of individuals as
small as salmon smolts and as large as whale sharks for periods from 30
days to 10 years. In addition, with more and more tag sensor and
environmental monitoring options available, telemetry datasets are becoming
richer, allowing researchers to answer increasingly complex questions about
why animals move where and when they do. Receiver technology also continues
to evolve and increasingly allows for data to be collected at finer spatial
and temporal scales than ever before. New technologies such as gliders and
real-time detection systems allow broad geographic coverage and remote,
real-time access to animal movement data. Additional advancements in
built-in acoustic array diagnostics permit increasingly detailed analyses
of system performance over time, resulting in more robust interpretation of
animal movement data.

In this course you will learn about the different types of Innovasea
acoustic telemetry technologies and their applicability for use in
different study environments and in answering different research questions.
Example applications that will be discussed include: monitoring fine-scale
movements and behaviour around barriers and other structures, migration
survival studies around barriers, monitoring spawning and other seasonal
behaviours, real-time monitoring, home range and Marine Protected Area
studies, habitat selection, species interactions, and investigating causes
of mortality. This section will include a deep dive into the logistics of
fine-scale positioning studies and will provide an overview of the
different types of analyses that are commonly performed with positional
data.

A robust telemetry study design that accounts for the advantages and
limitations of different equipment options is critical to ensure a
successful study. During this course, you will learn about important study
design considerations such as appropriate hardware models and tag
programming parameters for your study objectives, tag attachment
considerations, and how to optimize your receiver placements through early
and thorough testing. We will analyze an example range test dataset and
discuss the implications of range test results on array design. We will
also review considerations when designing moorings for your particular
study environment.

To ensure successful execution of your telemetry study plan and the highest
quality data, it’s important to use telemetry best practices when preparing
for and during tagging and deployment. We will review best practices
for acoustic telemetry equipment maintenance and care, pre-deployment
testing, tips for preparing equipment and data logs, and how to test your
array once deployed in the field. We will also look at how to monitor
the performance of your telemetry array throughout the duration of your
study, reviewing what metrics are best used to determine whether the array
is operating as planned so you can have confidence in the data being
collected. Finally, because interpretation of acoustic telemetry data and
inferring animal behaviour from these data is often confounded by array
performance questions, this course will teach you techniques for assessing
system performance to aid in the correct interpretation of animal detection
data. Finally, since telemetry datasets are growing larger all of the time,
data management is becoming increasingly challenging. During this course
you will learn about data management best practices and tools to perform
basic quality assurance, basic visualizations, and basic filtering of large
datasets in preparation for statistical analyses. You will also have the
opportunity to discuss your own telemetry studies with the experts during a
Q&A session on the final day of the course. Bring your data and your
questions!
Please email any questions to oliverhooker at prstatsitcis.com

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Oliver Hooker PhD.
PR statistics
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