By macster110, Jun 17 2013 05:15PM
PamTech is back from this year’s European Ceteacean Society conference which took place in Setubal (Portugal). We are proud to announce that the first “Introduction to PAMGUARD” workshop was a great success. Our workshop was selected amongst 12 other workshops with varying topics to take part during the weekend prior to the main conference. Although there was quite a lot of competition we were overwhelmed on the participation requests we received. We decided to follow our philosophy of small groups in order to provide the best learning experience. On Sunday the 7th of April, 15 lucky participants joined the PamTech team which comprised this time of Douglas Gillespie, Olivia Harries and Anja Wittich, in the Hotel Esperanca for a full day of PAMGUARD introduction. The morning session consisted of two excellent presentations which were followed by the practical exercises. The first presentation gave a general overview about marine mammals in passive acoustics whereas the second presentation focused more on technical issues of PAM and PAMGUARD. The practical exercises were carried out in form of a Manual, so each participant was able to proceed at his/her own speed. The exercises covered a variety of cetaceans ranging from manual and automatic sperm whale detection, dolphin whistle detection followed by blue whale detection. Furthermore participants learned how to set up their own pamguard settings file and discovered how to collect real time data. The last exercise comprised of a brief introduction of the offline capabilities of PAMGUARD (Viewer). The feedback we received from this one day curse was helpful, encouraging and positive. We believe everybody learned something about PAMGUARD that day including ourselves. Thank you all for your participation.