To increase understanding of the potential effects of chronic underwater noise in US waters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) organized two working groups in 2011, collectively called “CetSound,” to develop tools to map the density and distribution of cetaceans (CetMap) and predict the contribution of human activities to underwater noise (SoundMap). The SoundMap effort utilized data on density, distribution, acoustic signatures of dominant noise sources, and environmental descriptors to map estimated temporal, spatial, and spectral contributions to background noise. These predicted soundscapes are an initial step toward assessing chronic anthropogenic noise impacts on the ocean’s varied acoustic habitats and the animals utilizing them.
Predicting Anthropogenic Noise Contributions to US Waters
Title: Predicting Anthropogenic Noise Contributions to US Waters
January 01, 2016
Book Title: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
Published City: New York
Gedamke, J.; Ferguson, M.; Harrison, J.; Hatch, L.; Henderson, L.; Porter, M.; Southall, B.; Van Parijs, S. (2016). Predicting Anthropogenic Noise Contributions to US Waters. The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II (pp. 341-347). New York: Springer.