Others also see the value of working with industry groups. Whale Safe is a University of California Santa Barbara initiative that aims to help large ships avoid hitting whales as they pass through ports around Los Angeles. According to Douglas McCauley, a professor of ocean science at UCSB, the program was launched as a response to trucking companies asking for help.
Boat collisions, as they are known, are among the leading causes of death for whales, and 2018 and 2019 were the worst years recorded in Bank collisions. West Sea, with a total of 27 incidents leading to 22 deaths, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists estimate that the actual number of whales killed by ships could be much higher – up to 80 per year off the West Bank, according to one study – because not all bodies are possible. detect.
Dr. McCauley helped bring together ocean technologists working at UCSB to build a near real-time whale detection system in the Santa Barbara Channel, which combines three inputs: a nuclear intelligence algorithm create whale sound analysis, classify them by species and submit data for evaluation; Remote sensing system predicts the presence of whales; and simple old citizen science where trained whale trackers log whales into a mobile app.
“It wouldn’t be helpful if you could just say, ‘Southern California is projected to be cloudy with the potential for blue whales,’ and this model predicts at a much better scale,” said Dr. McCauley. .
The system provides information to ships on simple ratings of low, medium, high and very high, so that they can slow down if whales are around, which can greatly reduce the number of ship incidents. go on strike. Whale Safe only provided data on this particular stretch of California coastline, but Dr. McCauley said they are planning to expand to San Francisco and possibly elsewhere in North America.
When trains slow down, they use less fuel, resulting in less greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants; The global shipping industry accounts for nearly 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions.