OSC’S Experience

A Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operator working aboard a drilling rig. © OSC 2015.

A Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operator working aboard a drilling rig. © OSC 2015.

Ocean Science Consulting (OSC) has been training Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operators since its incorporation in 2004, and is the original trainer offering New Zealand Department Of Conservation (DOC)-approved PAM Operator courses, through its UK (www.osc.co.uk) and New Zealand (www.osc-nz.co.nz) offices. OSC PAM courses are led by veteran scientists and authors of the ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ (Todd et al., 2015) – see www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.com – who undertake independent research and supply Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) and PAM services for industries worldwide. On request from DOC, OSC was also a voluntary adviser during the ‘Code of Conduct for Minimising Acoustic Distribution to Marine Mammals from Seismic Survey Operations’ (the Code) development phases, principally concerning practical applications of PAM, and OSC is a signatory to the Code: www.doc.govt.nz

OSC’S PAM COURSE

OSC’s high quality PAM course involves responsive, personal (including one-to-one) tuition throughout, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art PAM equipment during classroom theory and practical sessions, and field practice aboard a vessel at sea. OSC’s PAM course is run in conjunction with our MMO course (www.marinemammalobservertrainingcourse.co.nz), allowing students the flexibility to work in either role.

The Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook forms the basis of OSC’s course material, and can be purchased on the publisher’s website, www.nhbs.com, or at any good book retailer (e.g. Amazon).

OSC’s knowledge and expertise is second-to-none, so our courses are the obvious choice for anyone wishing to train and prepare as a competent MMO and PAM Operator to work in the field anywhere in the world (please note additional local qualifications and experience may be required).

For more information please contact our course coordinator at courses@osc-nz.co.nz

REFERENCES

Todd, VLG, Todd, IB, Gardiner, JC, and Morrin, ECN (2015): Marine Mammal Observer and
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook. Pelagic Publishing Ltd, UK. In press.

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