The NURC Marine Mammal Risk Mitigation project is preparing for the SIRENA 2010 sea trial to be held in May and June 2010 in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. The objectives of the cruise are to:
- Perform a visual and acoustic survey for marine mammals
- Deploy and compare passive acoustic monitoring technologies, including towed arrays and fixed buoys
- Develop a habitat model of beaked whales and local distribution models of multiple marine mammal species
- Investigate the relationship between the physical, chemical, and biological environment and marine mammal distribution.
The past and continued success of this project is largely dependent on the cooperation of and collaboration with international partners from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States.