Azura’s team of scientists includes acousticians who have conducted more than 60 marine acoustics studies in the last 20 years.
Our acousticians are experienced in the development of acoustic monitoring plans and protocols for federal and state agencies and commercial developers and have also conducted acoustic studies to determine the spatial and temporal distribution of marine mammal species.
Acousticians utilize passive acoustic monitoring (PAM), sound pressure level (SPL) monitoring, and acoustic data analyses to conduct research studies on biological sounds and implement monitoring/mitigation plans to minimize impacts of anthropogenic sounds on the marine environment.
- PAM – Used to detect marine mammal calls, track movements, identify habitat use, and determine effects of noise on animal communication; also used for baseline ambient noise monitoring and to document anthropogenic noise
- SPL monitoring – Used to monitor noise levels associated with activities that increase sound levels in water (i.e., marine construction and seismic surveys)
- Acoustic data analysis expertise includes the use of software programs to analyze ambient noise, anthropogenic noise, fish sounds, and marine mammal vocalizations and software detectors to identify specific marine mammal species.