Workshops and meetings

The MOCHA working group held a series of workshops during the course of the project bringing together group members to exchange knowledge and discuss options to model the available datasets. We were also involved in organising pre-conference workshops at the Society for Marine Mammalogy conference in 2011 and 2015, and the European Cetacean Society conference in 2016.
Similarly, the Double MOCHA project team held a series of technical meetings and research visits throughout the project, although COVID decreased opportunities for in-person interaction.  We held a start-up meeting immediately following the Effects of Sound on Marine Mammals meeting in The Hague, September 2018, and organised a pre-conference workshop at the World Marine Mammal Conference (WMMC) in Barcelona in 2019.

Double MOCHA workshop at the WMMC

  • Saana Isojunno and Catriona Harris ran a workshop at the WMMC in December 2019 in Barcelona: “Developing the next generation framework for modeling marine mammal responses to noise: a workshop to identify key elements for future models“.
  • The workshop report can be found here. 

Pre-conference workshop at the 30th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society – “Measuring and interpreting behavioural responses by marine mammals to anthropogenic sounds”

  • Funchal, Madeira, 13th March 2016.
  • A short report and links to presentations will be available via the ECS in due course.

Pre-conference workshop at the 21st Biennial SMM Conference – “Perspectives and future steps in behavioural response studies of cetaceans in relation to anthropogenic sound.”

  • San Francisco, 12th December 2015
  • Full programme and links to presentations can be found here.

6th MOCHA Working Group Meeting – Baleen whales

  • University of St Andrews, UK, 2-5th December 2014.
  • In the first two days, we presented a summary of progress to date, to solicit feedback; the second half was devoted to technical metings.
  • Meeting report

5th MOCHA Working Group Meeting – Baleen whales

  • Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, Washington, 17-19th March 2014.
  • This workshop focussed on baleen whales.
  • Meeting report

4th MOCHA Working Group Meeting – Pilot whales

  • Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort, North Carolina, 4-6th September 2013
  • This workshop focussed on pilot whales for which data exists from multiple BRS projects.
  • Meeting report

3rd MOCHA Working Group Meeting – Other odontocetes

  • TNO, The Hague, The Netherlands, 18-20th March 2013
  • This workshop focussed on odontocete species other than pilot whales (focus of 4th working group meeting), which includes killer whales and Risso’s dolphin.
  • Meeting report.

2nd MOCHA Working Group Meeting – Deep divers

  • University of St. Andrews, U.K., 19-21st September 2012
  • The MOCHA Deep Divers Workshop focussed particularly on beaked whales and sperm whales as these include species of concern for which there are data across multiple BRS projects.
  • Meeting report

1st MOCHA Working Group Meeting – Start-up meeting

  • University of St Andrews, U.K., February 15-16th 2012
  • This start-up meeting of the MOCHA project involved all parties and included an overview of each BRS project, focusing particularly on the protocols used and metrics measured, and discussion of how to integrate data and results across projects.
  • Meeting report.