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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 [...]

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! […]

30 08, 2017

Guide to Population Models

By | 2017-08-30T15:22:15+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of our report “Guide to Population Models used in Marine Mammal Impact Assessment” produced for JNCC in collaboration with Dave Thompson at SMRU. […]

13 06, 2017

Impacts of offshore wind construction on harbour porpoises

By | 2017-06-13T06:39:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report,  where we used the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) model to investigate the potential ‘aggregate effects’ that could arise from the currently planned 12 years of English wind farm construction on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

10 04, 2017

New PCoD page!

By | 2017-04-10T06:12:39+00:00 April 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)! […]

21 03, 2017

Cormac Presents PCoD Lite at ONR Program Review

By | 2017-03-21T08:49:50+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Conference, PCoD|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Today Cormac Booth is presenting at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Marine Mammal and Biology Program Review. His talk is entitled: PCoD Lite – Using an interim PCoD protocol to assess the effects of disturbance associated with US Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. […]

28 11, 2016

Dive planning in porpoises!

By | 2016-11-28T07:36:57+00:00 November 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! […]

6 10, 2016

How noise impacts endangered beluga whales

By | 2016-10-06T08:01:40+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We are delighted to announce the release of a new report exploring how the interim PCoD framework could be adapted to assess the effects of disturbance on the critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population! […]

4 10, 2016

Assessing noise reduction mitigation using PCOD

By | 2016-10-04T13:17:21+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We are happy to announce the release of a new report exploring how noise reduction methods might change the risk of impact associated with pile driving on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

14 09, 2016

Population effects of Navy sonar on marine mammals?

By | 2016-09-14T12:50:20+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: PCoD, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of two reports that we’ve produced working with the Office of Naval Research, exploring how the interim Populations Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) might be adapted to explore the population level effects of Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. In this study we focused on populations of Blainville’s beaked whales and [...]

7 09, 2016

Expert Forum: Assessing at the Population Level

By | 2016-09-07T08:28:30+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we led an Annex IV expert forum on the Risk of Collision Between Marine Mammals and Tidal Turbines – Assessing at the Population Level. […]

15 06, 2016

NOAA Releases Draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

By | 2016-06-15T17:16:12+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  This month we were really excited to see the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) release their draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap for public comment. This is the first coordinated initiative by the US regulator to address issues of man-made noise in the oceans. And, SMRU Consulting is already collaborating on this novel effort [...]

1 06, 2016

Feeding with porpoise

By | 2016-06-01T07:01:33+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Research & Development, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting new study was published last week, which used data collected from tags deployed on harbour porpoises – in order to explore how the animals find food. […]

17 05, 2016

New Study on aggregating effects from multiple noise sources

By | 2016-05-17T13:46:17+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

In order to look at the responses of marine mammals to underwater sound, usually one single loud sound source is considered in the models. In reality, marine mammals are exposed to multiple sound sources through time and space. But now a new modelling approach has been developed to allow models to incorporate sound levels from multiple sources. [...]