A Passive Acoustic Ocean Observing System for Monitoring and Mapping Marine Mammals and Noise in the Chukchi Sea Ecosystem

Don Peters, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Abstract

The primary goal of this proposed work is to improve the near-real-time detection of selected, acoustically active marine mammals and the near-real-time quantification of ambient noise and anthropogenic sound sources in the Chukchi Sea, so as to enable informed regulatory decisions regarding the impacts and influences of industrial activities on the local acoustic ecosystem of the Chukchi Sea. The accomplishment of this objective will further establish the conceptual and scientific framework for measuring ambient background noise in the Chukchi Sea, while beginning the overarching process of quantifying and qualifying the cumulative influences of anthropogenic sound sources on the Chukchi Sea’s acoustic ecosystem and marine mammal habitats.