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Detection strategy for long-term acoustic monitoring of blue whale stereotyped and non-stereotyped calls in the Southern Indian Ocean

Maëlle Torterotot 1 Flore Samaran 2 Jean-Yves Royer 1
2 Lab-STICC_ENSTAB_CID_TOMS
Lab-STICC - Laboratoire des sciences et techniques de l'information, de la communication et de la connaissance
Abstract : The most common approach to monitor mysticete acoustic presence is to detect and count their calls in audio records. To implement this method on large datasets, polyvalent and robust automated call detectors are required. Evaluating their performance is essential, to design a detection strategy adapted to study the available datasets. This assessment then enables accurate post-analyses and comparisons of multiple independent surveys. In this paper, we present the performance of a detector based on dictionaries and sparse representation of the signal to detect blue whale stereotyped and non-stereotyped vocalizations (D-calls) in a larg acoustic database with multiple sites and years of recordings in the southern Indian Ocean. Results show that recall increases with the SNR (Sound to Noise Ratio) and reaches 90% for positive SNR stereotyped calls and between 80% and 90% for high SNR D-calls. A detailed analysis of the influence of dictionary composition, SNR of the calls, manual ground truth as well as interference types and abundance, on the performance variability is presented. Eventually, a detection strategy for long term acoustic monitoring is defined.
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Maëlle Torterotot, Flore Samaran, Jean-Yves Royer. Detection strategy for long-term acoustic monitoring of blue whale stereotyped and non-stereotyped calls in the Southern Indian Ocean. OCEANS 2019 MTS/IEEE, Jun 2019, Marseille, France. ⟨10.1109/OCEANSE.2019.8867271⟩. ⟨hal-02398789⟩

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