Spanish researchers develop a smart sea buoy to save whales

a smart marine buoy equipped with technology Developed by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) for the avant-garde and designed for Boats have been installed to divert in the presence of whales to avoid collisions in the Gulf of CorcovadoIn Chiloé (Chile).

As stated by UPC in a statement, this initiative is part of the boat initiativeDeveloped by the Ministry of Environment of ChileMy Foundation and UPC, and Bua have started broadcasting the signals.

The director of UPC’s Bioacoustic Applications Laboratory (LAB), Michel André, explained that “the installation of this first buoy is anticipated to An advance for society in resolving human-nature conflict and demonstrates our technological ability to combine economic interests with the conservation of natural habitats.”

“At UPC, we are proud to be able to contribute to its success.” Initiative promoted by the Marie Foundation and the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Chilewhose international launch and impact will deepen knowledge about the challenges facing the entire American continent Pacific Ocean Currently”, added Andre.

Chile’s environment minister, Maisa Rojas, has assured: “This early warning system will help us”. Avoid collisions between cheetahs and boats navigating through this areawhere it is estimated that at least 10% of the world’s blue whales exist, and our commitment Biodiversity And with the planet giving it the best protection we can”.

For her part, Sylvia Díaz, the Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, said: “We consider science and technology as the key tool for achieving efficient and innovative solutions For the great works imposed upon us by our time; One of these great tasks is to move towards a new development model within the framework of a just socio-ecological transition.

According to the UPC, Each blue whale takes in an average of 33 tons of carbon throughout its life.a “marine ecosystem service” that reduces the presence in the atmosphere of one of the main gases that cause Climate change,

Even then, These species are constantly under threat by human activity, especially in maritime traffic.

‘The Blue Boat Initiative’ aims to establish and connect in South America First Early Warning System for Whale Presence with Smart Buoy Capable of alerting ships in real time of their presence cetacean,

The main objective of the project is to monitor human activity in the oceans to avoid possible collisions and other negative impacts of maritime traffic. conducting oceanographic studies to assess the health of the oceans and evaluate the associated marine ecosystem services whale in the context of climate change.

Smart Boy with UPC Technology includes a system artificial intelligence which allows not only to monitor the presence of whales, but listen to the sound of the oceans,

he is smart boy Equipped with hydrophone, oceanographic sensor and transmitter With Listen to the Deep Ocean (LIDO) technology, developed by a team led by Michel André, expert scientist in bioacoustics, founder and president of The Sense of Silence Foundation (TSOF) and founder of the company Sonset Making Sense of Sounds.

Signals emitted by Smart Buoy in the Gulf of Corcovado are Received online by Chilean Navywho would be in charge of alerting the ships to the presence of whales so that, if necessary, they could change their course or slow down.

aunt too It has sensors for temperature, pH, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll (via fluorimeter) and dissolved oxygenTo record variations in the ocean, and whose data will be used to prepare oceanographic studies with indicators of the impact of climate change on marine biodiversity.

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