White beaked dolphins seen by an Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) aerial survey.
We are developing models and tools to provide seasonal abundance estimates that incorporate environmental habitat characteristics for marine mammals, turtles, and seabirds in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Other federal agencies involved in this mission are:
These models rely on seasonal distribution and abundance data our scientists have collected over multiple years using aerial and shipboard surveys. They also include dive pattern information from individually-tagged turtles and detections from passive acoustic recording devices.