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Monitoring marine mammals

A new instrument to detect whales, dolphins and other marine mammals, and provide immediate alerts during the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal installations, will be showcased to an international audience at the University of St Andrews on Thursday 27 September.

PAMBuoy™ was developed by SMRU Limited, a marine mammal consultancy which is a commercial spin out from the world renowned Sea Mammal Research Unit at the university. PAMBuoy™ is a cutting edge autonomous passive acoustic monitoring system for marine mammals. It operates 24/7 to automatically detect and classify vocalising marine mammals – whales, dolphins and porpoises, providing high resolution data that can be used to identify species present and determine temporal patterns in use.

“PAMBuoy™ “listens” for marine life, then delivers information about what’s swimming beneath, in real time back to a customer’s desk top, mobile phone or other hand held device, and if mounted in a buoy, derives its power from the sun via solar panels. Data is checked automatically for quality, and made available to clients immediately through secured parts of the PAMBuoy™ website.”

SMRU Ltd returns all its profits back to the University via Gift Aid, to fund further research in the academic departments whose expertise is used during project work. The company uses the wealth of scientific expertise available in the University through the Scottish Oceans Institute making this easy to access by the industrial world.

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