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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. […]

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. […]

12 03, 2018

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

By |2018-03-13T09:11:51+00:00March 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+00:00February 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! […]

16 01, 2018

New porpoise energetics papers!

By |2018-01-16T07:55:14+00:00January 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. […]

18 12, 2017

Underwater noise and cetaceans in British Columbia and Washington State

By |2017-12-18T09:21:58+00:00December 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 [...]

24 11, 2017

How do whales respond to sonar ramp up?

By |2017-11-24T06:24:24+00:00November 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. […]

15 11, 2017

PAPER: How to monitor marine mammals in low visibility conditions

By |2017-11-15T10:15:21+00:00November 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 [...]

13 09, 2017

EOWDC Bottlenose Dolphin Study

By |2017-09-13T12:07:42+00:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Great to see our work with SMRU on the EOWDC bottlenose dolphin project has been highlighted in an article in the Power & Energy Solutions Wind Magazine here. […]

5 09, 2017

Haro Strait Vessel Slow Down Trial Update

By |2017-09-05T22:43:50+00:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We are now half way through the vessel slow down trial in the Salish Sea. This study with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, aims to understand how slowing ocean-going vessels will reduce ship noise in Southern Resident killer whale habitat. This is the first study of its kind to take place and has huge potential as [...]

25 08, 2017

How does a tidal turbine affect seal movements?

By |2017-08-25T07:59:13+00:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce that our new paper has been published this week in the journal Aquatic Conservation. The study explored how the presence of a tidal turbine might affect the movement of harbour seals in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland by analysing tracking data from resident harbour seals, before, during and after the installation of the [...]

22 08, 2017

The Viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring

By |2017-08-22T07:10:17+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring! […]

20 06, 2017

Understanding bottlenose dolphin movements along east Scotland

By |2017-06-22T08:02:39+00:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A €3million scientific research programme is hosted at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility – and we are proud to be part of it! […]

17 05, 2017

Low visibility monitoring methods

By |2017-05-17T06:18:23+00:00May 17th, 2017|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We are proud to announce the release of our report entitled “Low visibility real-time monitoring techniques review”. This was a collaborate project with SMRU, Marine Ecological Research Ltd, CREEM, Ocean Environmental Consulting, Alfred-Wegener-Institut and Prove Systems Ltd.  […]

10 04, 2017

New PCoD page!

By |2017-04-10T06:12:39+00:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve developed our new PCoD website and new information about the ONR funded PCoD+ project (see links at the bottom)! […]

16 01, 2017

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Backed by Government Review

By |2017-01-16T09:49:41+00:00January 16th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We were delighted to see the publication of the Hendry review last week on the role of Tidal Lagoons in the UK energy mix. […]

28 11, 2016

Dive planning in porpoises!

By |2016-11-28T07:36:57+00:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

An exciting, and pretty cool, study was published late last week – in which scientists showed that porpoises appear to pre-plan their dives whilst at the surface! […]

15 11, 2016

Refining Estimates of Collision Risk for Harbour Seals and Tidal Turbines

By |2016-11-15T13:45:38+00:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of a new report which updates how we can assess the potential impacts of collisions between marine mammals and tidal energy devices! […]