[MARMAM] New abstract deadline: Ambient Noise in North-European Seas Conference

Peter Dobbins Peter.Dobbins at ultra-sonar.com
Mon Jun 13 00:34:32 PDT 2011

Ambient noise in north-European seas: Monitoring, impact and management 
3 - 5 October 2011 
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.

New Abstract Deadline.

Ambient (background) noise levels in the sea are increasingly influenced
by man-made activities, which are gradually changing the sound-scape of
European waters. Rising levels of ambient noise pose increasing
pressures on marine life, and this has led to underwater noise being
classified by the EC as a pollutant in connection with the assessment of
Good Environmental Status (GES) under the Marine Strategy Framework
Directive (MSFD). Member states will be asked to provide information on
trends in ambient noise levels, which requires representative
measurements made at appropriate monitoring stations. This in turn
requires agreed methodologies for measuring and analysing ambient noise.
There is a relative lack of data for ambient noise in coastal waters,
for example around the North Sea, and such data that exist suggest
levels higher than those observed in deep ocean experiments. The
potential impracticalities and expense of large scale monitoring
programs motivates the need to learn lessons from existing data and to
make use of modelling techniques where feasible.
The aim of this two-and-a-half-day meeting is to address the above
issues within a scientific conference, and papers are invited on the
following topics: 
* Methodologies and standards for ambient noise monitoring and
* Technology for ambient noise monitoring; 
* Characterisation of anthropogenic sources contributing to noise; 
* Modelling ambient noise, 
* Trend identification in ambient noise (seasonal diurnal long term etc)

* Analysis of existing data sets and data-basing of noise records, 
* Formulation of noise policy and regulation 

Deadline for abstract submission Friday 17 June 2011 
Deadline for extended abstracts (3 pages) Friday 19 August 2011 

For abstract submission and more information see 
Technical contacts 
Stephen Robinson, NPL, Tel 020 8943 7152, email
stephen.robinson at npl.co.uk 
Rolly Rogers, NOC, Tel 023 8059 6314, email rxr at noc.soton.ac.uk 

Admin contact: 
Linda Canty, institute of Acoustics, Tel: 01727 848195, email:
linda.canty at ioa.org.uk 

The meeting is jointly organised by the Institute of Acoustics and the
Underwater Sound Forum of the Marine Science Co-ordination Committee.

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