Offshore surveys for wildlife, including seabirds, marine mammals, and sea turtles, are necessary to collect baseline and project-specific data for offshore development. We created a modern survey application designed for Android and iOS platforms, such as tablets and smartphones, to leverage the power and ubiquity of these devices. This application, SeaScribe, should greatly improve data standardization and work flow, reduce data entry errors, and decrease time from raw data output to finalized dataset for analysis.
This application is freely available to regulators, developers, and the public alike.
SeaScribe is a data collection tool for offshore wildlife surveyors specifically designed to make surveying efficient and to standardize data entry and output. It provides an easy-to-use, intuitive application for the collection of wildlife survey data including geo-referenced effort and observation data. This application captures environmental conditions and behavioral information alongside details of each geo-referenced wildlife observation using internal or external GPS function.
SeaScribe features efficient data entry screens with core data fields and the ability to create and use customized data fields. Digital photographic images and audio clips from onboard cameras and microphones can be tagged to specific observations and locations. Data can be exported in JSON or comma separated value (CSV) file format and submitted along with tagged image or audio clips via email or Dropbox. A reporting tool is also available for summarizing survey data by transect or survey and is available for screen view and exporting.
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