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Mitigation and monitoring

The JIP takes an active role in providing information to understand and reduce the risk of potential impacts of exploration and production sound on marine life.

The JIP has a research stream dedicated to developing monitoring and mitigation techniques, technologies and methods. For example the JIP continued the development of PAMGuard, a software system for detecting the presence of marine mammals near seismic operations. Such information enables operators to make informed decisions as whether or not to implement a mitigation action, such as to shut down a sound source to prevent any risk to marine mammals.  

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  • Innovation

    The Marine & Sound JIP has funded research into technologies and methods that influence the way the industry operates, such PAMGuard, PCAD, Tags, DECAF, BRAHSS and Tags

  • IOGP Sound & Marine - A quick guide to PAMGuard

    Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) helps detection by picking up the distinctive vocalisations that some marine species produce. The work of JIP has ensure that PAM Guard has virtually replaced all previous animal detection software.  

  • Density Estimation for Cetaceans from Acoustic Fixed Sensors (DECAF)

    Fixed installation PAM systems allow industry to acoustically monitor marine mammals over a given area for extended periods (years to decades). When these data are analysed in real time they can affect decisions during ongoing E&P operations and possibly reduce some risks

  • Research Categories

    The JIP has funded one of the most extensive industry research programmes in this field. It is divided into five categories which are complementary and designed to allow the JIP to fully understand the issue and potential impacts associated with underwater sound from E&P activities.