Soundscape and Noise Exposure Monitoring in a Marine Protected Area Using Shipping Data and Time-Lapse Footage

Book Chapter

Title: Soundscape and Noise Exposure Monitoring in a Marine Protected Area Using Shipping Data and Time-Lapse Footage
Publication Date:
January 01, 2016
Book Title: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
Published City: New York
Volume: 875
Pages: 705-712
Publisher: Springer
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Citation

Merchant, N.; Pirotta, E.; Barton, T.; Thompson, P. (2016). Soundscape and Noise Exposure Monitoring in a Marine Protected Area Using Shipping Data and Time-Lapse Footage. The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II (pp. 705-712). New York: Springer.
Abstract: 

We review recent work that developed new techniques for underwater noise assessment that integrate acoustic monitoring with automatic identification system (AIS) shipping data and time-lapse video, meteorological, and tidal data. Two sites were studied within the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for bottlenose dolphins, where increased shipping traffic is expected from construction of offshore wind farms outside the SAC. Noise exposure varied markedly between the sites, and natural and anthropogenic contributions were characterized using multiple data sources. At one site, AIS-operating vessels accounted for total cumulative sound exposure (0.1–10 kHz), suggesting that noise modeling using the AIS would be feasible.

 

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