Soundscape and noise exposure monitoring in a marine protected area using shipping data and time-lapse footage

Nathan D. Merchant, Enrico Pirotta, Tim R. Barton, Paul M. Thompson

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Abstract

We review recent work that developed new techniques for underwater noise assessment that integrate acoustic monitoring with automatic identification system (AIS) shipping data and time-lapse video, meteorological, and tidal data. Two sites were studied within the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for bottlenose dolphins, where increased shipping traffic is expected from construction of offshore wind farms outside the SAC. Noise exposure varied markedly between the sites, and natural and anthropogenic contributions were characterized using multiple data sources. At one site, AIS-operating vessels accounted for total cumulative sound exposure (0.1–10 kHz), suggesting that noise modeling using the AIS would be feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
Place of PublicationNew York, U. S. A.
PublisherSpringer
Pages705-712
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781493929801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Volume875

Keywords

  • Acoustic disturbance
  • Automatic identification system data
  • Marine mammals
  • Renewable energy
  • Ship noise

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    Merchant, N. D., Pirotta, E., Barton, T. R., & Thompson, P. M. (2016). Soundscape and noise exposure monitoring in a marine protected area using shipping data and time-lapse footage. In The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II (pp. 705-712). (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Vol. 875). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_85