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Passive Acoustic Monitoring Data Upload

Compiled passive acoustic detection data is integrated into our unique visualization system for public viewing.

The Passive Acoustic Cetacean Map is an interactive data portal that the user can control to visualize the presence of certain marine animals. This example shows the acoustic presence of the North Atlantic Right Whale for the years 2004 until 2021, in all seasons.  Variables like the season or year can be altered to better understand the patterns of specific species. Screenshot of the Passive Acoustic Cetacean Map, showing right whale acoustic presence in the Western North Atlantic for the years 2004-2021. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

PAM Detection/Data Reporting

All confirmed passive acoustic detections of target species/species, whether from archival or real-time data, are archived in a publicly accessible location. For the U.S. East Coast, all species detection data and ambient noise metrics should be reported to the Northeast Passive Acoustic Reporting System via Formatted spreadsheets that follow ISO standards with required detection, measurement, and metadata information are available for submission purposes. When real-time PAM is used during construction for mitigation purposes, a subset of the information required on North Atlantic right whale (NARW) detections is expected to be provided and uploaded no later than 24 hours after a NARW detection, via the formatted spreadsheet. Complete acoustic detection data, metadata, and GPS data records must be submitted within 48 hours via the formatted spreadsheets. When PAM is used for long-term monitoring, all data (detection data, metadata, GPS data, and ambient noise data) should be provided via the formatted spreadsheets and uploaded within 90 days of the retrieval of the recorder or data collection.  For further assistance, contact

PAM Data Visualization

All PAM detections and metadata submitted to the Northeast Passive Acoustic Reporting System are visualized on the Passive Acoustic Cetacean Map. We encourage PAM detections to be shared across widely used and recognized platforms and regional web portals; for the U.S. East Coast, some of these standardized efforts are the Passive Acoustic Cetacean MapWhaleMap, and WhaleAlert.



Passive Acoustic Reporting System Templates

Passive Acoustic Reporting System Templates Passive Acoustic Reporting System Templates To correctly submit complete detection data…

Last updated by Northeast Fisheries Science Center on December 22, 2022