[MARMAM] new paper on sound field mapping and marine spatial planning

Rob Williams rmcw at st-andrews.ac.uk
Fri Oct 19 02:11:33 PDT 2012

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new paper in JASA-Express Letters that may be of interest to members of the marine mammal research community.

Erbe, C., A. MacGillivray, and R. Williams. 2012. Mapping cumulative noise from shipping to inform marine spatial planning. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132:EL423-EL428.


Including ocean noise in marine spatial planning requires predictions of noise levels on large spatiotemporal scales. Based on a simple sound transmission model and ship track data (Automatic Identification System, AIS), cumulative underwater acoustic energy from shipping was mapped throughout 2008 in the west Canadian Exclusive Economic Zone, showing high noise levels in critical habitats for endangered resident killer whales, exceeding limits of “good conservation status” under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Error analysis proved that rough calculations of noise occurrence and propagation can form a basis for management processes, because spending resources on unnecessary detail is wasteful and delays remedial action.

The paper is available from:

Apologies for cross-posting.

Rob Williams

Dr Rob Williams
Marie Curie Research Fellow
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
University of St Andrews

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