PAM Classroom Course

Please note that Intelligent Ocean is offering this PAM course as an eLearning distance course.

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Introduction to Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Training

Online Theory Training and 1 Day Practical Course combined – £150 per person 

PAM Trainer: Alison Gill BSc, MSc

Course Dates:

Intelligent Ocean has suspended all classroom courses due to the Coronavirus Crisis and offer eLearning instead.
The information below is just for future reference when classroom courses return.

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. This course has recently been redesigned to include an online training component as well as a practical day in a classroom.

This course is designed to introduce the technique of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) to Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs), researchers or any other interested parties. This course has recently been redesigned to include an online training component as well as a practical day in a classroom.
The first part of the course, to be completed online, focuses on basic theory of acoustics, marine mammal vocalisations, PAM equipment currently available and the various types of software available for real time monitoring and for subsequent analysis.
This simple introduction is aimed at the beginner and will form a basic understanding in order to proceed with the second practical part of the course which includes a demonstration of typical PAM equipment used offshore, a mock up of how this might be deployed, and a practical session configuring software used to analyse in-coming signals from the hydrophones. PAMGUARD software is the current preferred software for offshore industry projects. There will also be a discussion on troubleshooting problems with PAM equipment and how this may be dealt with offshore.
Due to the technical skills required for passive acoustic monitoring offshore it is usually commonplace for personnel, new to PAM, to be placed alongside an experienced PAM operator during offshore projects for further training. This introductory course will form a good basis for your first steps to becoming a PAM operator.

Course Content

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

Course Location:

Globe Hotel

Classes will be held in the town of Kings Lynn in Norfolk at the Globe Hotel.

The Globe Hotel is on the corner of Tuesday Market Place in the centre of town.  Address is: The Globe Hotel, King Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 1EZ.

Click  here for Globe Hotel Website

Click here for a map of the Globe Hotel’s location.

Accomodation

Kings Lynn  has several hotels and guest houses. Please note there are no hostels in Kings Lynn.

Please note that the Globe Hotel (which is a common choice of accommodation for our trainees) has a disco in its bar every Friday and Saturday night. If the courses coincide with the need to book accommodation on these nights please do consider if this noise will be unsuitable for you.

Travel

Kings Lynn is on the train line from London Kings Cross Station with a regular hourly service. There is also a good train service from London Stansted Airport (with just one change).

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT TO WORK OFFSHORE IN UK WATERS AS A PAM OPERATOR YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE COMPLETED THE JNCC MMO CERTIFICATION

Ready to Start Learning?

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)