All Things Considered
4:40 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

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.