Dataset Details - ObSERVE Aerial Surveys for Seabirds and Cetaceans in the Irish Atlantic Margin
Visual detections of Cetaceans made during Aerial Surveys using aircraft based visual observers, conducted by University College Cork as part of the ObSERVE Project 2015 - 2017
To assess the occurrence, distribution and abundance of seabirds, cetaceans and other marine megafauna in the Irish Atlantic Margin
Visual detections of seabirds, cetaceans and marine megafauna by obervers during line transect surveys (for cetaceans) / strip transect surveys (for seabirds) conducted from aircraft
Irish Atlantic Margin
2015 - 2017
Surveys followed standard line-transect methodology for aerial surveys. The target weather and sea conditions for aerial survey work were broadly prescribed as requiring a surface wind strength of Beaufort Force 3 or less, with good visibility (1km or more). Flying speed over the ground was 90 knots (167km/hr) at a survey altitude of 600 feet (183m) above the sea surface. Observers recorded all sightings of marine megafauna seen from the air including cetaceans, seabirds, seals, turtles, sharks and fish. Summer 2015 surveys were conducted using observers with considerable aerial survey experience. These experienced observers also trained and assessed Irish based observers who then undertook the remaining surveys.
Use of the data in any publication is prohibited until 1st May 2019. Any publication post 1st May 2019 should acknowledge the ObSERVE project partners the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Restricted (Data can be viewed on the mapping system but is not available for download)
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, ObSERVE Aerial Surveys for Seabirds and Cetaceans in the Irish Atlantic Margin, National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland, accessed 02 December 2023, <https://maps.biodiversityireland.ie/Dataset/322>
Dataset species distribution
Terrestrial Map - 10kmDistribution of the number of species recorded within each 10km grid square (ITM).
Marine Map - 50KmDistribution of the number of species recorded within each 50km grid square (WGS84).
Dataset record distribution
Terrestrial Map - 10kmDistribution of the number of records within each 10km grid square (ITM).
Marine Map - 50KmDistribution of the number of records within each 50km grid square (WGS84).
Records per year
Species per year
|SurveyId||Title||Data Capture Period||Species||Records|
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|Altitude||Altitude at which specimen was captured|
|Behaviour||A description of the type of behaviour observed|
|Number of adults||The number of adults observed|
|Number of calves||The number of calves observed|
|Number of juveniles||The number of juveniles observed|
|Platform type||The type of platform from which the observation was made|
|Record comment||A comment associated with any individual record|
|Recording platform||The name of the platform from which the observation was made|
|Sampling method||Description of the sampling method employed to make the record|
|Sea state||Sea conditions at the time of observation|
|Survey name||Name of survey if the record was made as part of a specific survey (including collections of casual observations and other loose assemblages of data)|
|Time (UTC)||The time at which the sighting was made|
|Type of sighting||A description of the type of sighting made|
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