Assessing the viability of density estimation for cetaceans from passive acoustic fixed sensors throughout the life cycle of an offshore E&P field devlopment
Booth, C., Oedekoven, C., Gillespie, D., Macaulay, J. et al.
The objective of this JIP-funded project was to investigate how an array of fixed PAM sensors could be used to estimate cetacean density/abundance across the life cycle (30-50 years) and spatial extent of a ‘typical’ oil and gas fields. As part of such an exercise, we built off existing JIP (and other funded) reviews (e.g. Moretti, et al 2009 & Norris et al. 2010) before we reviewed the available knowledge on marine mammal species to determine their (current) suitability of PAM for density estimation (based on the state of the key building blocks needed to employ DECAF methods). This included key reviews of detection, classification and crucially localization (DCL) capabilities which have direct implications for employing DECAF methods.
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