UNH Smartphone App Helps Ships Avoid Endangered Whales
It’s believed that the population of North Atlantic right whales off the New England coast is down to just 300-400.
The whales have been classified as endangered for decades, yet the remaining whales still face threats – including the often large threat of collisions with ships.
Researchers at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping have developed an early warning system of sorts – through a smartphone app called WhaleAlert.
Kurt Schwehr, a GIS data engineer at Google and an affiliate assistant professor at CCOM, tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the app.