Tag Archives: UAS

From the ground up: forming an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) program to study whales and dolphins in the Pacific Islands

By Amanda Bradford, Marie Hill, and Kym Yano PIFSC Cetacean Research Program Once used mostly for military purposes, unmanned aircraft systems (UASs, aka drones) are becoming increasingly popular in a wide range of civilian activities.  It’s hard to go outside … Continue reading

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The HICEAS adventures continue: Two ships join forces to search for whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters

By Amanda Bradford and Jeff Moore HICEAS Cruise Leaders When we last checked in on the progress of the Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS), the first leg of HICEAS 2017 aboard the NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette … Continue reading

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Off to a Great Start: the First Leg of HICEAS is Complete

By Erin Oleson HICEAS Chief Scientist The Hawaiian Islands Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey (HICEAS) of 2017 is a huge effort. The study area covers over 1.8 million square nautical miles (the entire Hawaiian Exclusive Economic Zone). To comprehensively survey … Continue reading

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The Best Laid Plans…

To paraphrase the immortal words of Robert Burns, the best laid plans of monk seals and unmanned aerial systems often go awry. We are currently on day three of our NOAA’s ARC journey to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to conduct … Continue reading

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Black, white, and rare: Cetacean Program finds killer whales in the main Hawaiian Islands

This month the Cetacean Research Program at PIFSC has been surveying the waters around the main Hawaiian Islands to better understand the population structure and abundance of a variety of whale and dolphin species.   We’ve brought along a number of … Continue reading

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