ProjectMulti-agent modeling of recreational boating in the summer habitat of the St. Lawrence beluga.
The main goal of the project is to understand the behavior of recreational boaters navigating in the Saguenay-Saint-Laurent and the factors involved in their decision-making in order to conceptualize and then develop a multi-agent model representing their movements. For this, several essential steps will feed the model throughout the project, including determining the archetypes of boaters and their behaviors. In addition, the project will aim to characterize the acoustic impacts of boating activities as well as the interactions of boaters with beluga whales in areas of high residence. Once developed and validated, the multi-agent model will be integrated into the simulation platform (3MTSim) representing the movements of belugas and the four species of large whales most frequent in the region as well as the different segments of navigation. In addition to providing a complete view of the system, the impacts linked to the different segments of navigation will be assessed. Finally, scenarios aimed at mitigating these impacts will be tested.