Cetacean recording

**NEW** View the SeaTrust in the Field video produced by habitat INFO demonstrating SeaTrust’s use of mobile GIS solutions.

habitat INFO were approached by West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre (WWBIC) on behalf of SeaTrust, a registered charity recording Cetacean sightings between Pembrokeshire and Ireland. Since the project’s inception the relationship between the three mains stakeholders has strengthed considerably and we now work very closely together.

habitat INFO initially set up a Windows Mobile solution for recording sightings by SeaTrust. This has the advantage that it works offline; a factor important when working offshore. This made use of the ArcGIS Server installation at WWBIC and the ESRI software for Windows Mobile. A tablet PC was purchased and this has received extensive use mapping Cetaceans between Fishguard and Rosslare on board Stena Line Ferries; a partner of SeaTrust’s.

We support SeaTrust’s intern program by allowing them use of a workstation in the office here at habitat INFO. This allows them to have access to the necessary software packages for editing their data and also allows their interns to see more of the process post data collection.

habitat INFO are now looking to new platforms, including iOS and Android in order to further the work done by SeaTrust and improve their collection, validation and reporting techniques.

Please click the SeaTrust logo to learn more about them and their other projects.