Principle Investigator Contact Information
Name: Chris Bassett
Address: Senior Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
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The project is developing and demonstrating variants of the Adaptable Monitoring Package (AMP). The AMP integrates active acoustic, passive acoustic, and optical sensors into a single instrumentation package that can be cabled to shore or operated autonomously. By simultaneously observing rare, but potentially significant, interactions between marine life and marine energy converters with multiple sensor modalities, detection and interpretation of such events is likely to be improved. Automatic detection and classification algorithms now allow the system to make continuous observations without incurring a “data mortgage” and automatic sensor control allows such observations to occur without biasing marine animal behaviour.
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US Department of Energy (Water Power Technologies Office), US Department of Defence (Naval Facilities Engineering Command)
Location of Research
Multiple: cabled system testing has been conducted at the University of Washington and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Science Lab in Sequim, WA, while autonomous system testing has been conducted at PMEC-SETS off Newport, OR and at the Wave Energy Test Site in Kaneohe, HI.
- Develop and demonstrate an integrated instrumentation package that can be used in cabled or autonomous modes to study the interactions between marine life and marine energy converters.
- Endurance trial completed for cabled system in May 2016 (> 90% uptime over four month period for prototype cabled system), with subsequent improvements over three month deployment in 2017.
- Automatic real-time detection and classification of “rare” targets (seals, diving birds, fish schools) in multibeam sonar data with high true positive rates (>80%) and low false positive rates (<20%).
- Post-processing identification of fish in optical camera data with acceptable true positive and false positive rates.
- Integration of PAMGuard with the system to automatically detect fish tags and simulated marine mammal vocalizations.
- Development and initial deployment of autonomous lander with duty cycle and ability to “wake up” in response to the presence of Vemco fish tags.
- Integration of an AMP with a wave energy converter. The "WAMP" draws power from the WEC to operate the sensor package and achieved an 84% uptime over a 3.5 month deployment, with an average power draw of 600 W.
- Cooperative target testing with drifting or towed objects at known position is effective at establishing sensor ranges and diagnosing sensor functionality.
- Passive acoustic detection of fish tags is likely to occur within the range of active acoustic instruments (e.g., multi-beam sonar, acoustic camera).
- Multibeam sonars capable of detecting marine mammals, fish schools, and individual fish to a range of 10 m. Different sonars have different detection capabilities and some are more easily interpretable by human reviewers, but machine learning classification outcomes are similar (i.e., computers perceive objects differently than humans).
- Sensor fusion across instruments on the platform helpful to improve manual and automatic classification.
- Without real-time target detection, it is unlikely that sufficient training could be collected for automatic tracking and classification algorithms without incurring a large data mortgage.
- Active sonars can produce sound at lower frequencies than their characteristic operating frequencies. This is unlikely to cause harm to marine animals, but could be detectable by animals and should be considered in study design.
- Biological detection and classification capabilities of two multibeam sonars
- Automatic classification of biological targets in a tidal channel using a multibeam sonar
- Acoustic characterization of sensors used for marine environmental monitoring
- The wave-powered Adaptable Monitoring Package: Hardware design, installation, and deployment
- Benchmarking sensor fusion capabilities of an integrated instrumentation package
- Advancing environmental monitoring through integrated instrumentation
- Challenges to Integrating Active Acoustic Sensors
- Adaptable Monitoring Package Development and Deployment: Lessons Learned for Integrated Instrumentation at Marine Energy Sites