The Dolphin Acoustics Vertically Integrated Project, or VIP, aims to solve the problem of interpreting dolphin whistles. This is done using passive acoustic recordings. But, this creates lots of raw data. So, it’s important to use computer programmes that can quickly and easily measure many whistles. The results are used to understand how many dolphins there are, where they live, and how they interact.
Overall, the project goals are:
- to improve current whistle measurement methods
- to create new machine-learning methods for measuring whistles
- to create more accurate species classifiers
Additionally, by analysing whistles, we hope to:
- describe the geographic variation of rough-toothed dolphin whistles
- examine the distribution, abundance, and behaviour of rough-toothed dolphins