PAMGUARD was built by Doug Gillespie and provides a framework that allows consistent marine mammal detector and classifier evolution alongside the development in desktop processor performance. This results in quality data processing alongside auditable settings, providing the highest confidence in results.
PAMGUARD was developed to address the fundamental limitations of existing cetacean PAM software. A specially designed version of PAMGUARD for PAMBuoy™ is run without a number of the processing-intensive components (e.g. graphical user interface) to reduce power consumption and processing power on this autonomous version.
The commonly used detection algorithms include a 'click detector' designed to identify transient sounds (echolocation clicks) and a 'whistle and moan detector' designed to detect whistles and moans from dolphins and baleen whales. Management software ensures that the hardware, data management, communications, and power systems are operating efficiently, and that all detection algorithm updates to PAMGUARD are immediately available in PAMBuoy™.
PAMGUARD offers a great deal of flexibility and power, whilst allowing users to initialise a series of user-defined detection modules. It therefore provides the capability of detecting and classifying a wide range of marine mammal species and can be tailored to client specific needs.