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  QUEPhone: Autonomous Acoustic Profiler
  QUEphone in water
Deployment of QUEphone.


QUEphone diagram
QUEphone diagram.

The QUEphone is a new generation of autonomous hydrophone with a built-in satellite modem and GPS receiver.  It is a stand-alone instrument without mooring cables that once deployed it repeats dives and ascents while monitoring the sound in the deep ocean for an extended duration.  Upon a detection of a sudden major acoustic events, such as an increase of volcanic/seismic activities or calls of marine mammal of endangered species, it returns to the surface and transmits data back to land so that scientists can evaluate the results in near real-time.

spectrogram of QUEphone
Spectrogram of the ambient acoustic signal recorded by the QUEphone at Axial Volcano in the Northeast Pacific in 2006. Whale calls, ship, and ROV noises are present.  A T-wave (water-borne earthquake signal) was also seen at 3.5kseconds, which was later  identified as a 3.5 earthquake originated in Gorda Ridge off California.