A REAL-TIME FORECASTING SYSTEM FOR SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALES
Because of the increasing marine traffic in the Salish Sea, the endangered SRKW are experiencing a significant risk of collisions with commercial vessels. The project aims at reducing the physical and acoustic disturbances from the marine traffic by developing a real-time forecasting movement model that uses both real time and historical data to predict future SRKW movement. We probabilistically estimate the future SRKW pod locations a few hours in advance using advanced statistical modeling approaches. Thanks to this warning system, ship pilots may anticipate and adjust their path and speed to avoid collisions with SRKW.