A dataset has been made available for the DCLDE2024 workshop which is related to real-time localisation of North Atlantic right whales using sonobuoy networks. The use of distributed fields of sensor systems for real-time acoustic monitoring and tracking of marine mammals is becoming increasingly used in the field. The main benefit of these datasets are that they provide a challenging dataset for researchers in this field of marine mammal research to develop and compare novel techniques for this purpose. These novel techniques could be applied to the real-time detection, classification, and localisation of the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales. Different nations have implemented regulations and are developing tools to protect this species. This research will support governments and industries to mitigate negative effects on North Atlantic right whales, i.e. by helping to avoid ship collision or underwater noise pollution, or identification of biologically important areas.
The workshop will be held from the 2nd - 7th of June 2024 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Rotterdam is the largest European port, a popular cultural hub, and is well known for its modern architecture. We are in the process of selecting a great workshop venue and hotel to obtain a good price for the workshop attendees. We plan to host a hybrid meeting allowing for more people to participate, as well as making us flexible in the event of potential travel restriction due to Corona.
Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum's vintage ships and exhibits trace the city's seafaring history.
This dataset is kindly made available to the DCLDE community by a large Canadian research consortium. During the workshop we will present and compare the outcome of different approaches to localize North Atlantic Right Whales using this dataset.