Goal: To develop a prototype tetrahedral array for towed array surveys of deep-diving species of cetaceans.
Time Period: Fall 2015- Spring 2016
Our Role: With our partners, UCSD/Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Physical Laboratory (SIO/MPL), Bio-Waves, Inc. is responsible for developing and testing a prototype tetrahedral array that will include a variety of hydrophones and sensors.
Synopsis: Bio-Waves, Inc. and UCSD/SIO’s Marine Physical Laboratory (under the direction of
Bio-Waves is working with SIO/MPL researchers to conduct simulations and other tests to resolve some of the issues with the current model, such as the twisting of the array, and the flow-noise that can result when towing at a relatively high speed (~10 kts), which is necessary when conducting line-transect surveys. The prototype will be completed by winter 2016, and field-testing will be conducted in winter/spring 2016. If successful, we hope to be awarded a follow-on (Phase II) award from NOAA-SBIR to commercialize the X-array.
Collaborators/Partners: UCSD/Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s Marine Physical Laboratory
Sponsors: NOAA Small Business Innovation Research Program (NOAA-SBIR)