Understanding the Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance for Marine Mammals

  • John Harwood
  • Stephanie King
  • Cormac Booth
  • Carl Donovan
  • Robert S. Schick
  • Len Thomas
  • Leslie New
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_49

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)
Cite this paper as:
Harwood J. et al. (2016) Understanding the Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance for Marine Mammals. In: Popper A., Hawkins A. (eds) The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 875. Springer, New York, NY

Abstract

Loud anthropogenic underwater noise, such as that associated with sonar operations, pile driving, or seismic surveys, can cause behavioral and physiological disturbance to many animals that may affect their survival or ability to breed. However, no formal framework for assessing the population-level consequences of this disturbance is currently available. We describe an interim version of a framework developed by a working group on the population consequences of disturbance, funded by the US Office of Naval Research through the University of California, that can be used to assess the effects of offshore renewable energy developments on marine mammal populations.

Keywords

Renewable energy Noise 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Harwood
    • 1
  • Stephanie King
    • 2
  • Cormac Booth
    • 2
  • Carl Donovan
    • 1
  • Robert S. Schick
    • 1
  • Len Thomas
    • 1
  • Leslie New
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM), The ObservatoryUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. Andrews FifeUK
  2. 2.Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) MarineSt. Andrews FifeUK
  3. 3.Marine Mammal CommissionBethesdaUSA

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