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 Distribution and abundance of marine mammals

Challenge ID

C-CORE_OFF2.5

Title

Distribution and abundance of marine mammals

Challenge originator:

 

General Description

 

What data/products do you use?

Abundance and distribution data from ship-based or aerial surveys

When do you use this kind of dataset?

During seismic and drilling activities to determine impacts of noise on marine mammals and during discharges to determine vulnerability and impact

What are your actual limitations and do you have a work around? 

Vessel and aerial surveys are time consuming and expensive. Current data products are adequate but need to be updated and repeated on a regular basis due to high natural variability, seasonal data and weather dependant

Needs and expectations on EO data

High resolution imagery that would allow counting and possibly identifying marine mammals when at the surface. Could be visual or IR

Challenge classification

 

Pre license

3

Exp.

3

Dev.

3

Prod.

3

Decom.

3

Geographic context/ restrictions

Western Ireland, Falkland Islands

Topographic classification / Offshore classification

Ocean

Activity impacted/concerned

Cost reduction, reduction of HSE risk associated with vessel based and aerial surveys, improved project planning

Technology Urgency

Short term (2-5 years)

Information requirements

 

Update frequency

Weekly-monthly

Temporal resolution

Weekly-monthly

Spatial resolution

1-10m

Data quality

High

Data Coverage and extent

Regional

Example format

High resolution image

Timeliness

Reference data - timeliness not important except for spill

Existing standards

OSPAR Commission.  2009 document.  Assessment.  ERT Scotland. 2008. Third strategic environmental assessment for oil and gas activity in Ireland’s offshore Atlantic waters: IOSEA3 Rockall Basin. Prepared for Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

 

RPS Energy.  2009.  Environmental Impact Assessment for Offshore Drilling The Falkland Islands. Report prepared for Rockhopper Exploration PLC.

 

 

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