STRIVE 121 - Mapping the spatio-temporal distribution of underwater noise in Irish Waters

Gerry Sutton, Mark Jessopp, Thomas Folegot and Dominique Clorenec

Summary: This project looks at mapping the effects of noise generated by humans on the marine environment

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-84095-530-9

Pages: 2014

Filesize: 286KB

Format: pdf

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Noise generated by humans is considered an acoustic pollutant, and in recent years, noise from human activities such as shipping, seismic surveys, seabed drilling, and sonar has increased significantly in the Irish marine environment. Effects of noise on marine mammals have been detected tens of kilometres from noise sources. This research was needed to map the spatio-temporal distribution of underwater noise in Irish waters to determine potential negative impacts on the marine environment. This research has filled a major gap in knowledge and has delivered key policy requirements for Ireland under our Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) obligations.