The marine acoustics research team from Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER) of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) offers two scholarships for a MSc degree in oceanography within the marine acoustics research station (MARS, www.projet-mars.ca/en). The successful students will take part to an ambitious research project, studying acoustic signature variability of ships operating on the St. Lawrence and reproducibility of acoustic signature measurement from various hydrophone setups.

The scholarships, amounting to 20,000$ per year, will be for two years.

About the MARS Project

The MARS project (Marine Acoustis Research Station) is a large-scale joint project between the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER) of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) and Innovation maritime (IMAR) bringing together several stakeholders in research and the maritime sector, as well as ship-owners concerned with improving their environmental imprint. MARS has received the support of several organizations interested in the harmonious coexistence between maritime transport and marine mammals.

The MARS project aims at setting up and operating a world-class marine acoustic research station in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The station is located in the center of the Laurentian Channel, near Rimouski. This area, known for the abundance and diversity of marine mammals that frequent it, has several favorable characteristics for the establishment of the research station (bathymetry, weak currents, etc.). These characteristics and the configuration of the moorings planned for the station will make it possible to measure the acoustic signature of ships operating on the St. Lawrence according to recognized international standards, to better describe the shipping noise in the area and to assess its impact on the local marine life while providing practical mitigation measures.

One of the most important academic research institutes in marine sciences in Canada, the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER) of the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) aims to recruit two new MSc students in oceanography (marine acoustics) as part of the MARS project. The scholarships, amounting to $ 20,000 per year, will be for two years. The successful students will follow the MSc in oceanography program at ISMER and carry out their research project within the marine acoustics research team, currently counting two professors, a research agent and several postgraduate students.

The research projects funded are:

  • Variability of measured acoustic signatures with varying hydrophone network configuration.
  • Variability of underwater radiated noise relative to ship characteristics and operating parameters.

For more information on ISMER, please visit the Institute's website (https://www.ismer.ca/)

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