Category: Noise Pollution

Atlantic G&G PEIS Shortcomings: 2014

Summary of Atlantic Geological and Geophysical Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Shortcomings:   The PEIS should be reevaluated in the context of the most up-to-date NOAA Acoustic Guidelines. These guidelines have just recently been reviewed by the public and stakeholders whose…

Tragic Orca stranding in New Zealand

Two days ago a pod of nine orcas was found stranded on a rocky beach in southern New Zealand. Researchers are attempting to find out what may have caused the tragedy, but after being out of water for some time…

Acoustic Tour of Massachusetts Bay

Enjoy this quick overview of sounds in Massachusetts Bay, courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Ocean noise popping up in the press

It is with a strange ambivalence that I am seeing quite a lot of headlines about ocean noise issues popping up in the popular press. Just some of the issues that have come across my desk in the last few…

Support OCR

It is with deep gratitude (and a bit of surprise) that I look over the time horizon to realize that OCR has “been in business” for almost seven years. Much has been accomplished since our first clean (but stiff) website…

Some big things going on down below

Norway’s state owned petroleum company Statoil is installing “world’s biggest offshore machine” in the North Sea. It is a seafloor mounted compressor designed to pressurize low yielding oil and gas deposits to wring out more product. The premise of deploying…

Oceans of noise

It was a bit over a decade ago that a catastrophic whale stranding event brought the public’s attention to the fact that noise in the ocean could be lethal to marine mammals. The particular stranding was a consequence of mid-frequency…

Theory and Practice

This week I find myself at a conference/trade show co-sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS) focused on the ocean. This event is bringing together professionals involved in design and fabrication…

Ultrasound Ocean Noises Pose Risk to Marine Life

Noise pollution has now become one of the common themes of human-generated impacts on the ocean. Shipping noise, military sonar, and seismic airgun surveys are increasingly becoming part of the public discussion in marine conservation. These noises are easy for…

International conference on ocean noise pollution

It was once a popular belief that the ocean was “the silent realm.” This was largely due to the fact that humans are poorly adapted to hearing underwater, and marine animals don’t appear to have “ears” that look anything like…