[MARMAM] POLAR2018: Call for abstracts - Polar Soundscape Session

Ilse Van Opzeeland ilse.van.opzeeland at awi.de
Mon Oct 9 07:18:58 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

We hereby would like to draw your attention to the session ‘The acoustic 
environment of the polar oceans: exploring polar soundscapes’ at the 
upcoming POLAR 2018, A SCAR & IASC Conference in Davos, Switzerland from 
19-23 June, 2018. See http://www.polar2018.org/

Deadline for abstract submission is *1 November 2017, 6pm CET.* See 
http://www.polar2018.org/abstracts.htmlfor further information on the 
call for abstracts.

The goal of POLAR2018 is to bring together excellent research from both 
poles, as well as from high altitude areas, focusing on the similar 
challenges those regions face. The program features 65 sessions, 
structured into 12 categories spanning topics from oceans and sea ice, 
cryosphere, atmosphere and climate, geology and geophysics to biology, 
ecology and more.

Please consider submitting an abstract for the Polar Soundscape session 
outlined below.

We hope to see you in Davos!

Best Regards,

Ilse Van Opzeeland (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany)

Karolin Thomisch (Alfred-Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany)

Sebastian Menze (Institute for Marine Research, Bergen, Norway)

Denise Risch (Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, Oban, Scotland, UK)

*Session Number OS-1 *

*Session Title*

The acoustic environment of the polar oceans: exploring polar soundscapes

*Session Description*

The underwater acoustic environment is created by the superposition of 
sounds from a multitude of sources of natural biotic and abiotic as well 
as anthropogenic origin. For aquatic life, marine mammals in particular, 
their perceived soundscape directly impacts their ability to hunt, 
communicate and possibly navigate these waters. However, for much of the 
world oceans, and for polar seas in particular, little is known about 
the diversity of contributions and the dial and seasonal patterns as 
well as long-term trends of the acoustic environment. This lack of 
knowledge hampers our ability to predict how anthropogenic change will 
impact on populations to which these waters form an essential habitat. 
The impact of anthropogenic activities on the acoustic environment may 
be direct, by adding noise, or indirect through global climate change, 
affecting acoustic propagation conditions and habitat usage. To outline 
the range of polar acoustic environments and the nature of their main 
contributories, thissession aims at bringing together studies addressing 
these issues through in-situ recordings, methodological advances and 
numerical modeling.

Dr I.C. Van Opzeeland
Ocean Acoustics Lab
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar
and Marine Research

Am Alten Hafen 26
27568 Bremerhaven
(+49)(0)471 4831 1169
ilse.van.opzeeland at awi.de

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