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Acoustic monitoring as a marine conservation tool

Semester 3

Underwater acoustics is the study of sound propagation through water. As sound travels much more efficiently through water cetaceans have evolved to use this mechanism for navigating, finding food and communicating. This ability allows cetaceans to carry out their normal functions irrespective of sight which would be greatly influenced by turbidity, depth and darkness. Through the study of underwater acoustics we can get an insight into cetacean occurrence and behaviour when visual observations are not possible such as during hours of darkness and during adverse weather conditions. This module will train students in the different acoustic monitoring technologies available and how to analyse and interpret acoustic datasets 
Syllabus to include:
Introduction to underwater acoustics and bioacoustics
How animals (marine mammals) produce sound
Acoustic recording equipment
Recording and analysis of underwater sound
Interpretation of acoustic data for conservation purposes