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Workshops associated to the 20th Annual ECS Conference in Gdynia

Title: Static acoustic monitoring of odontocetes: current issues and developments

Date: Sunday, 2nd April

Time and place: The workshop will be one full day in duration and will be held at the Institute of Oceanography, University of Gdansk (Pi≥sudskiego 46) - only 15 min. walk away from the conference venue.

Organisers: Ruth Leeney (r.leeney@exeter.ac.uk), Nick Tregenza (nick@chelonia.demon.co.uk )

Max. attendance: 50 people

Background and objectives: This workshop will cover several ongoing practical issues with working with T-PODs, and will also attempt to address the future of static acoustic monitoring programmes and their value in light of European requirements to monitor population trends. Discussion will thus form a integral part of the structure of this workshop.

- practical issues (e.g. moorings, theft)
- theoretical issues (e.g. g(0))
- POD developments
- software element - developments and their significance for data analysis
- how to choose sites for monitoring long-term trends
- possibly a slot for other acoustic monitoring techniques
- the future of static acoustic monitoring

Programme (This is a provisional program. Talks will vary in length a time will be available for discussion)

1. Introduction (Ruth Leeney)

Uses of static acoustic monitoring
Controlling variables encountered in acoustic monitoring
Outline of the day: workshop schedule

2. Key issues in measuring trends/differences using static acoustic methods:

(i) Can T-PODs measure porpoise densities? g(0) determination (Jakob Tougaard)
(ii) Relationship between acoustic threshold and detection rates (Line Kyhn, Nick Tregenza)
(iii) Calibration update (Michael Dahne)
(iv) Comparing static monitoring with line transect methods (Jacob Rye)
(v) Noise and detection rates (Nick Tregenza)
(vi) Train filter new and old (Frank Thomson)
(vii) Dolphin detection probabilities (Evelyn Philpott)


Discussion of above topics

LUNCH 13:00 - 14:00

3. Applications:

(i) Monitoring porpoises is low-density areas (Ursula Verfu)
(ii) Working in areas with dolphins and porpoises. (Bridget Senior)
(iii) Behaviour (Ruth Leeney, Ursula Verfuss)

4. Future research topics:

Discussion of some key research questions and how they could be approached.

5. Final slot (if time):

* Current practical issues relating to deployment techniques, hardware etc.
* Proposed T-POD developments (Nick Tregenza)

Registration: The registration will cost 10 euros per person and pre-registration is essential. To register, contact Ruth Leeney by email (r.leeney@exeter.ac.uk ) and please include your field of work, previous experience with static acoustic monitoring devices and any suggestions for additional topics which you feel should form part of this workshop.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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