PAM eLearning

Passive Acoustic Monitoring and PAMGUARD Software Training – Instant Access eLearning Course – Cost £150

Trainer: Alison Gill BSc, MSc

Please note that you will need a PC computer for this course. The course involves downloading software and configuration. This software will not work on a MAC computer, any tablet or mobile phone.

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 eLearning Course – £150

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If you are an employer and wish to sign up your staff for this course, please email us at [email protected] for registration and invoicing details.

Course Details

This course is designed to introduce the technique of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) to Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs), researchers or any other interested parties. It also includes an exercise in configuring the industry standard PAM software – PAMGUARD.

Simply log in, read, learn and complete course assessments at your own pace. Simple design, easy to navigate pages (see example pages below). Assessments can be retaken if you don’t achieve the pass mark first time. Just restudy the course content. You set the pace of your learning.
You will have 12 months access to your course with the option to renew after this for a small fee if you wish to keep this as a useful resource for future work. We will be updating course content when amendments to the software are made and will also add new relevant information. This is not just a course but a tool for your continuing professional development.

This introduction is aimed at the complete beginner and will form a basic understanding in Passive Acoustic Monitoring. There is a multiple-choice assessment in the course and an exercise configuring the industry standard software PAMGUARD. On satisfactory completion a certificate will be issued.
This is a theory course and you work through the material at your own pace. You will be required to email us your PAMGUARD configuration for assessment before a certificate is issued.
Please note that to work offshore as a PAM operator additional field experience operating PAM equipment may be required. We can help you with advice to locate suitable projects.

The course contents are as follows:

  • Basic Theory of Acoustics

  • The Principle of Using Spectrograms to Visualise Sound

  • Marine Mammal Vocalisations with Example Spectrogram Videos

  • Other Ocean Noise with Example Spectrogram Videos

  • PAM Equipment Components

  • PAM Assembly and Safe Deployment

  • PAM Equipment Types (examples of existing systems)

  • PAM Software for Real Time Monitoring

  • Practical Session to Configure PAMGUARD Software


Example pages from the eLearning course

* Please note that persons likely to win contracts working as MMOs and PAM Operators are those which have additional biological or environmental qualifications and/or have experience of working at sea. To work as an MMO or PAM Operator in some areas of the UK where marine mammals are more abundant you will be required to have experience of working with marine mammals whether this is formally as a researcher, previous employment or through voluntary work.
We would expect that persons wishing to work as MMOs or PAM Operators to already have this experience or will endeavour to do so after this course. Alternatively you may be personnel from the offshore industry sector who may like to complete an eLearning course in order to gain more knowledge of marine mammal observation or PAM during offshore operations.

Important – Please read Terms and Conditions before booking

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Intelligent Ocean's Marine Mammal Observer Training Courses are approved by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement  (BSEE)