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Assessing the Underwater Ship Noise Levels in the North Tyrrhenian Sea

  • Eduardo RossiEmail author
  • Gaetano Licitra
  • Andrea Iacoponi
  • Daniele Taburni
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to assess the anthropic underwater noise caused by ships within the Cetacean Sanctuary, a wide area in the North Tyrrhenian Sea. Noise from low-frequency continuous sounds has been investigated within the 1/3-octave bands centered at 63 and 125 Hz. All the information about noise sources and sound attenuation have been organized in a database; a tool automatically extracts useful information from it and feeds a ray-tracing model to estimate noise levels. The results show average levels generally over the 100 dB re 1 μPa value.

Keywords

Ray tracing Noise vessel Cetacean Sanctuary 

Notes

Acknowledgment

Special thanks to Silvano Buogo, Lucilla di Marcoberardino, Alessandra Tesei, and Gianni Pavan for their suggestions and help.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduardo Rossi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gaetano Licitra
    • 2
    • 3
  • Andrea Iacoponi
    • 2
  • Daniele Taburni
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland
  2. 2.Environmental Protection Agency of Tuscany Region (ARPAT)LuccaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Acoustics and Sensors “Bear Mario Corbino” (IDASC)RomeItaly

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