Static Acoustic Monitoring of bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Cetaceans live in an acoustic world and increasingly acoustic techniques are being developed to determine their distribution and behaviour. Visual survey methods are strongly influenced by light, weather conditions and sea-state, especially for species such as the bottlenose dolphin. Increasingly, acoustics are used as an alternative, or simultaneous with, visual methods for monitoring cetacean species or important habitats. The present project is aimed at analysing long-term Static Acoustic Monitoring (SAM) datasets from the Shannon Estuary SAC on the west coast of Ireland, which is home to a resident group of dolphins all year round. It is envisaged that results from this study will assess acoustic monitoring techniques as a means of addressing monitoring obligations under the EU Habitats Directive for Annex II species.
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Reference Number: RP-36452