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Aquatic Acoustic Telemetry Data Analysis (ATDA01)

28 January 2019 - 1 February 2019

£275.00 - £510.00

Course Overview:

Acoustic telemetry has become increasingly popular as a method of choice for monitoring the movements and behaviour of aquatic animals globally.  Increasingly smaller tags along with improvements in battery technology have allowed for tagging a wide variety of species and life stages, enabling monitoring of individuals as small as salmon smolts and as large as whale sharks for periods from 30 days to 10 years.  Receiver technology also continues to evolve and increasingly allows for data to be collected at finer spatial and temporal scales than ever before.  In addition, with more and more acoustic diagnostics information available telemetry datasets are becoming richer, allowing more detailed analyses of system performance over time and more robust interpretation of animal detection data.

In this course you will learn about the different types of Vemco acoustic telemetry technology and their applicability for use in different study environments and in answering a variety of research questions.  Advantages and limitations of the different types of equipment will be discussed, along with resulting study design considerations such as hardware selection and tag programming considerations.

The planning and testing phases of any acoustic telemetry study are critical to success, and you will learn about the importance of testing the suitability of your environment for acoustic telemetry, testing your array once it is deployed, and monitoring your system performance throughout the duration of your study.  We will analyze an example range test dataset and discuss the implications of range test results on array design.  You will also learn how to test your study deployment in the field and what metrics are best used to determine whether the array is operating as planned.  Finally, because interpretation of acoustic telemetry data and inferring animal behaviour from these data is often confounded by array performance questions, this course will teach you techniques for assessing system performance to aid in the correct interpretation of animal detection data.

Since telemetry datasets are growing larger all of the time, data management is becoming increasingly challenging.  During this course you will learn to perform basic quality assurance on your data (removal of false detections, time correction of detection data) and basic filtering techniques (identifying residency events, removing duplicate detections) for large datasets.

Finally, this course will include extensive discussion of the proper design and logistics of fine-scale positioning studies and will provide an overview of the different types of analyses that are commonly performed with positional data.  You will also have the opportunity to discuss your own telemetry studies with the experts during a Q&A session on the final day of the course.  Bring your own data and your questions!


Intended Audience

Anyone using acoustic telemetry methods for tracking aquatic animals

Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB – Google map
Availability – 30 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English


• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner Monday evening, farewell dinner Thursday evening, refreshments and accommodation. Self catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is approx. a 6 minute walk form the PR statistics head office. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3-4 people) single sex en-suite rooms.
Arrival Sunday 27th January (after 5pm) and departure Friday 1st February (accommodation must be vacated by 9am). An additional nights accommodation can be purchased, departure 9am Friday morning email for details.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PRstatistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PRstatistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


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28 January 2019
1 February 2019
£275.00 - £510.00


PR statistics head office
53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom
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