The European Union requires member states to achieve or maintain good environmental status for their marine territorial waters and explicitly mentions potentially adverse effects of underwater sound. In this study, we focused on producing maps of underwater sound from various natural and anthropogenic origins in the Dutch North Sea. The source properties and sound propagation are simulated by mathematical methods. These maps could be used to assess and predict large-scale effects on behavior and distribution of underwater marine life and therefore become a valuable tool in assessing and managing the impact of underwater sound on marine life.
Mapping Underwater Sound in the Dutch Part of the North Sea
Title: Mapping Underwater Sound in the Dutch Part of the North Sea
January 01, 2016
Book Title: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
Published City: New York
Sertlek, H.; Aarts, G.; Brasseur, S.; Slabbekoorn, H.; ten Cate, C.; Brenda-Beckmann, A.; Ainslie, M. (2016). Mapping Underwater Sound in the Dutch Part of the North Sea. The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II (pp. 1001-1006). New York: Springer.