Discovery of Sound in the Sea


Title: Discovery of Sound in the Sea
Publication Date:
January 01, 2013

Document Access

Website: External Link


University of Rhode Island (2013). Discovery of Sound in the Sea. Retrieved from

The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website will introduce you to the science and uses of Sound in the Sea. There are several major sections on the site such as The Science of Sound in the Sea, People and Sound in the Sea, and Animals and Sound in the Sea. You will find the site's Audio Gallery a fascinating place to visit where you can listen to underwater sounds created by marine animals, human activities, and natural phenomena such as lightning, earthquakes, and rain. Check out the Technology Gallery and discover a variety of equipment that uses sound to investigate the ocean. Watch video interviews with scientists that study how marine animals produce and hear sounds. Investigate how scientists use underwater acoustics to track ocean currents, identify potential obstacles, and quantify fish distributions. There is also a special section for teachers with resources and classroom activities.


The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website focuses on acoustics in the ocean. However, much of the information about sound in the ocean and underwater bioacoustics are true for all aquatic environments.


The Discovery of Sound in the Sea web site has been developed by the University of Rhode Island's (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc.(MAI) of Middletown, RI. Many other people contributed to the site, including independent scientific reviewers and ten Rhode Island school teachers. Special thanks go to Dr. Peter Worcester of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Dr. Peter Scheifele from the University of Cincinnati for their substantial contributions. This site was developed and produced with funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research. Other contributors are acknowledged below.

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