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Technology

DIFAR-based systems

Greeneridge is expert in sonobuoy receiving systems and directional-sonobuoy (DIFAR) decoding, having designed its own DIFAR receivers and demultiplexers both for internal use and for sale. Greeneridge has built on this DIFAR expertise with the development of two DIFAR-based systems for the detection and monitoring of marine-mammal vocalizations. One, the Directional Animal Monitoring System (DAMS), combines information from multiple DIFAR sonobuoys, enabling a team of operators located in an aircraft or vessel to assess the presence and distribution of calling animals in real time. The other, the Directional Autonomous Seafloor Acoustic Recorder (DASAR), combines a DIFAR sonobuoy hydrophone package with a battery-powered digital recorder, allowing long-term unattended monitoring of both temporal and spatial characteristics of vocalizations. The DASAR array deployed each fall (since 2000) in the bowhead-whale migration corridor offshore from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, has yielded position estimates with average 90%-confidence errors between 250 m and 1 km for calling whales within the perimeter of the array.

Customers for Greeneridge sonobuoy receiver and/or DIFAR systems include BP Exploration (Alaska), the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Purdue University, SPAWAR, NOAA Fisheries, Orincon, Magnavox, and Raytheon.

Miniature acoustic recorders for wildlife

The Bioacoustic Probe is a miniature acoustic recorder intended for attachment to a variety of marine wildlife. The Bioacoustic Probe accurately quantifies the acoustic stimuli experienced by a tagged subject, while a pressure sensor and a pitch/roll sensor monitor changes in the subject's behavior that may be associated with its sound exposure. Biologists have attached the tag to blue, fin, sperm, and humpback whales as well as to northern fur seals and manatees. In addition to its primary application as a tag, the Bioacoustic Probe serves as an easy-to-use autonomous recorder. It can be placed by divers, attached to other submerged equipment, or suspended from a rope. Its simplicity of use allows installation and retrieval to be conducted by local personnel at a substantial savings over systems requiring significant technical field support. (Photograph courtesy of Dr. Stephen Insley)

Data handling

Greeneridge Sciences maintains office and laboratory space in the Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz areas in California, connected electronically with a virtual private network. We operate two Linux servers, and use both Windows 2000/XP and Macintosh OS X workstations and notebook computers. Analysis takes place using MATLAB as well as custom-developed signal analysis software. Data on the workstations are copied over the network to the Linux servers for backup purposes, and the servers are then periodically backed up to tape to provide a redundant data archive. Critical project data are duplicated to DVD's, CD's, tapes, or auxiliary disk drives that are then placed in a safe in a separate location.

Greeneridge's data acquisition equipment includes a variety of hydrophones, microphones, amplifiers, and digital recorders, as well as omnidirectional and DIFAR sonobuoys and receivers.