[MARMAM] New paper: ship noise monitoring in marine mammal habitat

Nathan Daniel Merchant ndmercha at syr.edu
Mon Nov 25 09:21:32 PST 2013

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the online publication of the following article in Marine Pollution Bulletin:

Merchant, N.D., Pirotta, E., Barton, T.R., Thompson, P.M. (In Press). Monitoring ship noise to assess the impact of coastal developments on marine mammals. Marine Pollution Bulletin.

The paper is Open Access, and can be downloaded free here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.10.058

There are also some videos in the publication, which can be viewed at higher resolution here:
and the full-resolution source files are at the bottom of my webpage: http://people.bath.ac.uk/ndm23/


The potential impacts of underwater noise on marine mammals are widely recognised, but uncertainty over variability in baseline noise levels often constrains efforts to manage these impacts. This paper characterises natural and anthropogenic contributors to underwater noise at two sites in the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, an important marine mammal habitat that may be exposed to increased shipping activity from proposed offshore energy developments. We aimed to establish a pre-development baseline, and to develop ship noise monitoring methods using Automatic Identification System (AIS) and time-lapse video to record trends in noise levels and shipping activity. Our results detail the noise levels currently experienced by a locally protected bottlenose dolphin population, explore the relationship between broadband sound exposure levels and the indicators proposed in response to the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and provide a ship noise assessment toolkit which can be applied in other coastal marine environments.

Best regards,

Nathan Merchant

Nathan D. Merchant
Postdoctoral Researcher
Parks Lab, Dept. of Biology
Syracuse University
114 Life Sciences Complex
107 College Place
Syracuse, NY 13244

ndmercha at syr.edu<mailto:ndmercha at syr.edu>

+1 315 443 7258

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