An application to predict the distribution of deep-sea diving cetaceans
The PrediWhales application allows the user to predict the distribution of two species of deep-diving cetaceans, beaked whales and sperm whales, and to estimate their abundance in a user-selected area in order to identify areas where these species are concentrated. As deep-sea diving cetaceans are sensitive to underwater noise pollution, particularly from active sonar, it is necessary to plan noise-generating activities in areas where the impact would be lowest. To assist in the planning of these noise-generating activities, the application also allows the simulation of the path of a vessel emitting sound and the definition of an exposure radius around it in order to estimate the number of animals potentially exposed to the noise generated on the path in the selected area. Finally, the prediction maps created can be downloaded in different formats to be integrated into documents.
To use the application, click on the link below and open the user guide directly in the application. A demonstration video is also available to help you get started.
It’s up to you to predict!