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MEPS 395:137-160 (2009)  -  DOI:

Ocean Acoustic Waveguide Remote Sensing (OAWRS) of marine ecosystems

Srinivasan Jagannathan1, Ioannis Bertsatos1, Deanelle Symonds1, Tianrun Chen1, Hadi Tavakoli Nia1, Ankita Deepak Jain1, Mark Andrews2, Zheng Gong2, Redwood Nero3,4, Lena Ngor1, Mike Jech4, Olav Rune Godø5, Sunwoong Lee1, Purnima Ratilal2, Nicholas Makris1,*

1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
2Department of Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA
3Naval Research Laboratory, 4555 Overlook Avenue SW, Washington DC 20375, USA
4National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
5Institute of Marine Research, PO Box 1870, Nordnes, 5817 Bergen, Norway
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ABSTRACT: Ocean Acoustic Waveguide Remote Sensing (OAWRS) has recently been shown to be capable of instantaneously imaging and continuously monitoring fish populations over continental shelf-scale areas, spanning thousands of km2. We show how OAWRS can be used in a variety of oceanic ecosystems to remotely assess populations and study the behavior of fish and other marine midwater organisms, such as Antarctic krill, to help the study of marine ecology and the ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management.

KEY WORDS: Ecosystem · Long-range · Acoustic sensing · Instantaneous wide-area · Continuous monitoring · Abundance · Behavior · OAWRS · Remote species classification

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Cite this article as: Jagannathan S, Bertsatos I, Symonds D, Chen T and others (2009) Ocean Acoustic Waveguide Remote Sensing (OAWRS) of marine ecosystems. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 395:137-160.

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