A variety of technological advances, such as the use of GPS (Global Positioning Systems), GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and digital photography are incorporated into the dolphin project to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of data collection and analyses.
The ECDP is also working with the Eckerd College computer science department on software called DARWIN (Digital Analysis to Recognize Whale Images on a Network). DARWIN facilitates the identification of individual dolphins for subsequent data analysis. It approximates an outline of the dorsal fin, and then matches these features to dolphin dorsal fin outlines from images that have been pre-loaded into the program.
The waters surveyed by the ECDP