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In the undersea environment, sounds can be produced by both manmade (shipping, construction, drilling) and natural (waves, animals, weather) sources. The likelihood of artificial underwater sounds having a harmful impact on marine life is causing growing worry.

The goal of this project is to provide a framework for a collaborative monitoring program for ambient sound in the North Sea that is fully operational. Outputs will be the resources managers, planners, and other stakeholders need to assess the North Sea’s environmental status, design environmental improvement strategies, and account for the consequences of ambient noise.

For an operational joint monitoring program for ambient noise in the North Sea, the project will bring a novel combination of modelling and high-quality observations at sea.