Infrared detection of marine mammals. Alberto Baldacci ; Michael Carron ; Nicola Portunato. SR-443. December 2005.
An infrared (IR) binocular, designed for in-the-field military applications, was tested using in situ marine mammals during the Mar Ligure Joint Experiment 2003 (MLJX'03) that took place in August-September 2003 onboard the NRV Alliance. The test investigated the potential IR technology for marine mammal detection, in both day time and night time conditions. The effectiveness of this IR system in detecting marine mammals was strongly affected by weather conditions, ranging from excellent performance during clear and low sea-state conditions to poor performance during hazy conditions or higher sea-states. The IR system was tested during both day and night.