Effects of duty-cycled passive acoustic recordings on detecting the presence of beaked whales in the northwest Atlantic

Citation:
Stanistreet, JE, Nowacek DP, Read AJ, Baumann-Pickering S, Moors-Murphy HB, Van Parijs SM.  2016.  Effects of duty-cycled passive acoustic recordings on detecting the presence of beaked whales in the northwest Atlantic. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 140(1):EL31-EL37.

Keywords:

bioacoustics, underwater sound

Abstract:

This study investigated the effects of using duty-cycled passive acoustic recordings to monitor the daily presence of beaked whale species at three locations in the northwest Atlantic. Continuous acoustic records were subsampled to simulate duty cycles of 50%, 25%, and 10% and cycle period durations from 10 to 60 min. Short, frequent listening periods were most effective for assessing the daily presence of beaked whales. Furthermore, subsampling at low duty cycles led to consistently greater underestimation of Mesoplodon species than either Cuvier's beaked whales or northern bottlenose whales, leading to a potential bias in estimation of relative species occurrence.

DOI:

10.1121/1.4955009