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22 08, 2019

SMRU Consulting Europe Team Away Day

By |2019-08-22T15:27:08+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

There has been a lot of muffled muscle pains in the SMRU Consulting Europe office this week, as our annual ‘Team Away Day’ this year was particularly physical, but also great fun! […]

6 08, 2019

The harbour porpoise puzzle

By |2019-08-12T06:43:01+00:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: PCoD|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year has seen the publication of a series of papers which provide really important jigsaw pieces in how harbour porpoises exist on a day to day basis, and how they might be affected by being disturbed by underwater noise (e.g. from pile driving, seismic geophysical surveys or shipping). In recent months, a number of papers [...]

9 07, 2019

Watch your speed – whale zone ahead!

By |2019-08-09T10:46:10+00:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’ve been working hard to establish critical research to save and enhance the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population in the Salish Sea.  This study is focused on the potential benefits of slowing down ships. SMRU Consulting North America’s team, based in Vancouver, Canada, worked closely with regional partners including Jasco Applied Sciences, to study how the [...]

5 07, 2019

Release of SNH report on Noise Abatement Systems

By |2019-07-05T08:34:57+00:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Conference, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are delighted to announce the release of our latest Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) commissioned report – a review of noise abatement systems (NAS) for offshore wind farm (OWF) construction noise, and the potential for their application in Scottish waters. […]

12 04, 2019

Marine mammal noise exposure criteria reloaded

By |2019-04-12T13:25:07+00:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, News, Oil and Gas, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An exciting, comprehensive and important piece of work on underwater noise and its effects on marine mammals has just been published – Brandon Southall and colleagues have updated their 2007 publication in Aquatic Mammals, congratulations Brandon and team! […]

15 02, 2019

How to monitor harbour porpoises in a large cSAC?

By |2019-03-18T10:29:08+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Design, Publications, SMRUC Europe, Stats|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The objective of this project was to determine the most appropriate approach, by full consideration of pros and cons, to year-round monitoring of harbour porpoise at the candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) and wider southern North Sea and to subsequently design a sampling plan to monitor the site to inform assessments of site condition and [...]

23 01, 2019

New publication on autonomous vehicles online!

By |2019-01-23T10:30:32+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On behalf of our co-authors from Akvaplan-niva, British Antarctic Survey, CREEM, NORUT, Seiche Ltd and SMRU, we are pleased to announce our latest (open access) publication in Marine Pollution Bulletin “A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna” […]

26 11, 2018

Going for gold!

By |2018-11-26T13:30:59+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are proud and excited to announce that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC)  Scientific Research Programme won the Sustainable Development Award, one of ten Nature of Scotland awards. The award, from the RSPB, co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage,was given last Thursday. The Nature of Scotland awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in [...]

17 09, 2018

Seal tag data helps us understand collision risk

By |2018-09-17T13:03:42+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are excited to present a new publication on the seal tagging studies carried out at the world’s first commercial scale tidal turbine, SeaGen, at Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. […]

12 09, 2018

Presenting at ESOMM 2018

By |2018-09-12T07:45:28+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week Cormac and Ursula are attending and presenting at ESOMM 2018 (Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals) which is being held in combination with the 3rd Programme Review Meeting of the E&P Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry Programme (JIP) in The Netherlands. […]

9 07, 2018

Greenland harbour porpoises movements dissimilar to North Sea animals

By |2018-07-09T09:00:48+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Though commonly encountered in continental shelf waters in the North Atlantic little is known about harbour porpoise movement patterns outside coastal waters. However, a recent study of Greenland harbour porpoises reveals long-range oceanic movements and deep diving as well as strongly seasonal coastal site fidelity. […]

4 07, 2018

Ruth presents on Southern Resident Killer Whale Habitat

By |2018-07-04T12:55:36+00:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The University of St Andrews is currently hosting the 6th International Statistical Ecology Conference and our SMRU Consulting North America colleague and senior statistician Ruth Joy is in town to present. […]

14 06, 2018

Ursula presents Low Visibility Monitoring

By |2018-06-14T11:18:45+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, SMRUC Europe, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Ursula will be presenting tomorrow (15th June) on Low Visibility Monitoring at the workshop on The Effect of Seismic Surveys on the Marine Environment at the European Association of the Geoscientists & Engineers Conference & Exhibition. […]

31 05, 2018

New DEPONS paper: the effect of 65 offshore wind farms in the North Sea

By |2018-05-31T10:25:55+00:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We wanted to highlight to everyone the release of an exciting new paper which presents the predicted impacts on the harbour porpoise population as a result of the construction of 65 offshore wind farms in the North Sea, using the ‘Disturbance Effect on the Harbour Porpoise in the North Sea’ (DEPONS) model. […]

18 05, 2018

INPAS Abstracts announced!

By |2018-05-29T18:40:40+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

As we’ve talked about in recent posts, we’re co-organising the INPAS symposium – exploring the latest research on the effects of impulsive noise on and harbour porpoise and seals. We’re delighted to announce the abstracts for the presentations. Check them out below! And REGISTER HERE! […]

11 05, 2018

The impacts of impulsive noise – Symposium announcement!

By |2018-05-11T08:49:52+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce – and invite you to attend – the INPAS Symposium – exploring the effects of Impulsive Noise on Porpoises and Seals. […]

27 04, 2018

The cost of lactation

By |2018-04-27T11:51:23+00:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing the release of an exciting new paper linking maternal body size and condition during lactation to calf growth rates in southern right whales, using drones! […]

24 04, 2018

Where the environment and marine renewables meet; EIMR 2018

By |2018-04-24T07:45:07+00:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Renewables, Research & Development|0 Comments

Coming together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities, the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR), Kirkwall, Orkney is the place to be this week. […]