Choose your language:

Cetaceans and the Soundscape Workshop, Amsterdam, 15 – 16 April 2014

Oceans are getting noisier which can cause problems for the marine animals that rely on sound.   Marine noise management has traditionally focused on high intensity, short duration noise sources, but this two-day expert workshop will look at sound field mapping of chronic and lower intensity sources. 

The IWC Scientific Committee identified a need for coordinated research to address the questions posed by the effects of increasing ocean noise.  This technical workshop is jointly sponsored by the IWC, the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE), the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Dutch Ministries of Infrastructure and the Environment, and Defence.

 20 invited international experts will evaluate regional and ocean-basin scale underwater sound field mapping and modelling techniques with the aim of increasing their accessibility to a wider range of stakeholders.  The aim is to inform and assist researchers, governments and industry decision-makers seeking to characterise, monitor and manage the potential impact of chronic or cumulative noise.

The workshop will also identify and assess the information that will be required to model longer term and larger scale noise.  The workshop will produce an initial two year work plan to develop and apply these sound mapping tools in priority locations around the world where direct conservation benefits could be realised.

For more information on anthropogenic noise, click here

For more information on this workshop, click here