Acoustic Monitoring in the Canadian Arctic

Dr. Stephen Insley of WCS Canada is examining how ice loss affects animals through habitat change and increased human activity. As the arctic sea ice retreats, opening new ocean channels to commercial shipping, there will be direct and indirect impacts on marine mammals, including ship strikes, pollution, and noise. Dr. Insley wrote about his work deploying acoustic data-loggers to monitor noise in the in the eastern Beaufort Sea on the WCS Canada blog, Muddy Boots.

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Local Wayne Gully testing a ringed seal hole for water depth near Sachs Harbour.

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Navigating the jumble of sea ice pressure ridges off the west coast of Banks Island during an acoustic datalogger deployment in the spring, 2015.

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Dr. Stephen Insley preparing an acoustic datalogger for deployment in Sachs harbour, July 2015.

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Dr. Stephen Insley preparing an acoustic datalogger for deployment from the edge of the fast ice in the spring 2015.

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