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18 05, 2018

INPAS Abstracts announced!

By | 2018-05-18T06:48:54+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 April 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+00:00 April 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. […]

16 04, 2018

Our Sponsored All Women North Pole Expedition; rolling blog updated daily

By | 2018-04-22T20:44:45+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are sponsoring an amazing group of women who are currently skiing their way to the North Pole. The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition. Check back here daily to see how their expedition is progressing and follow #northpole2018 across social media for updates. […]

10 04, 2018

SMRU Consulting Sponsor all women North Pole expedition

By | 2018-04-10T19:22:01+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Categories: SMRUC Europe, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

When an opportunity arose to support an international team of women to ski the last degree to the North Pole, how could we resist? Here at SMRU Consulting we are delighted to support the Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018. Led by Felicity Aston MBE a group of 11 women from 10 nations (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, [...]

3 04, 2018

First Ever Sperm Whale in WA Inland Waters

By | 2018-04-05T19:31:10+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Acoustics, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Yukusam is the male sperm whale named after an island to the northeast of Vancouver Island where he was first sighted in February. Now he has moved south and was spotted in the San Juan Islands on March 31st, the first ever sighting of this animal in Washington Inland waters! Generally a deep ocean species, the [...]

12 03, 2018

A tidal first!: Tracking movements of porpoises and dolphins around a tidal turbine

By | 2018-03-13T09:11:51+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chloe Malinka We’d like to let you know about a new publication, authored by researchers from SMRU Consulting, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and a couple of PAMGuard programmers. Our paper presents findings from the first in-situ passive acoustic monitoring array for marine mammals at an operational tidal turbine in Ramsey Sound, Wales, UK. This post [...]

14 02, 2018

New PAM power analysis tool released!

By | 2018-02-14T10:43:49+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, Stats, Training|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Last year, we announced the release of our report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring, we are now pleased to announce that the PAM power analysis simulation tool we developed as part of this work has now been made available online! […]

30 01, 2018

Free online training course – expert elicitation

By | 2018-01-30T08:22:20+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Policy makers and managers are increasingly concerned about the effects of disturbance on wildlife populations, and in situations where management or conservation decisions need to be made, expert elicitation (asking experts for their judgements in a careful, structured process) is a viable way to provide short-term filling of knowledge gaps (we always recommend this to guide research [...]

26 01, 2018

What happens when porpoises are disturbed? Are they on an energetic knife-edge?

By | 2018-01-26T07:04:08+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Over the last two years, there’s been a very interesting exploration of how successfully harbour porpoises forage and what the implications are for their vulnerability or ability to tolerate disturbance. Here we’re going to take a bit of a ‘deep dive’ to explore what it all means. […]

16 01, 2018

New porpoise energetics papers!

By | 2018-01-16T07:55:14+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to see two new papers published in Aquatic Mammals journal, furthering our knowledge of porpoise health, energetics and the effects of exposure to pile-driving noise. […]

11 01, 2018

How do porpoises respond to seismic noise?

By | 2018-01-11T10:06:58+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Given our projects in the North Sea and our work on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and with the development of the iPCoD framework, we’re always particularly interested when new research comes to light on how porpoises respond to noise. Today is one such day of interest! […]

18 12, 2017

Underwater noise and cetaceans in British Columbia and Washington State

By | 2017-12-18T09:21:58+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Its been a busy year for the SMRU Consulting North America team. But, we are ending the year on a high with the publication of two recent reports and the preliminary results of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s vessel Slowdown trial. The preliminary results of the Slowdown trial and our reports on the effects of noise [...]

15 12, 2017

Awesome away day!

By | 2017-12-15T12:32:33+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: SMRUC Europe, Training, Workshop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

As we close out another really good year for the company, working with great clients, funders and collaborators, it seemed like a good time for the team to look inside and reflect on how we can work together even better and more efficiently! […]

7 12, 2017

Listening to chorusing fish to identify dolphin habitat

By | 2017-12-07T15:13:55+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Publications, SMRUC Asia Pacific|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Collaborative research conducted by the SMRU Asia Pacific team was recently published as the Editors Choice in the ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS). The research described how the noises made by chorusing fish can help identify the foraging habitat of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the Pearl River Estuary, southern China. […]

27 11, 2017

Underwater noise, where science and policy meet

By | 2017-11-27T14:23:10+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In 2015 Andrew Wright from Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, VA, wrote; “Establishing noise exposure criteria for marine mammals has proven to be a difficult and contentious issue”. […]

24 11, 2017

How do whales respond to sonar ramp up?

By | 2017-11-24T06:24:24+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting study from our colleagues at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and TNO has explored how effective the sonar mitigation known as ‘ramp-up’ is for humpback whales. […]

20 11, 2017

Scottish East Coast bottlenose dolphins

By | 2017-11-20T12:32:48+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

An important predator in Scottish coastal waters, the east coast bottlenose dolphin has been studied for almost 30 years.  In that time the marine landscape has changed dramatically with marine industrial activities and the construction and operation of offshore windfarms.  […]

15 11, 2017

PAPER: How to monitor marine mammals in low visibility conditions

By | 2017-11-15T10:15:21+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Having a British base for SMRU Consulting Europe means some of us are a bit preoccupied with the weather.  And sometimes it even affects our jobs.  Visually detecting animals in low visibility conditions can be challenging – and that affects our ability to monitor populations and mitigate impacts. So how do we improve detection performance in [...]