Global Scientists Addressing Human Noise Impact On Marine Ecosystems

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More than 160 scientists from around the world, experts in noise pollution at sea, are meeting today and throughout the week at the OCEANOISE2023 congress, organized by the Bioacoustic Applications Laboratory (LAB) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona).

More than 160 scientists from around the world, experts in noise pollution at sea, are meeting today and throughout the week at the OCEANOISE2023 congress, organized by the Bioacoustic Applications Laboratory (LAB) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona).

The international congress intends, as the UPC has advanced, to discuss the problems generated by noise of human origin at sea and possible solutions to mitigate its effects on marine fauna.

The congress is held at the Eduard Toldrà Auditorium in Vilanova i la Geltrú and was inaugurated this morning by the director of the UPC Bioacoustic Applications Laboratory (LAB), Michel André, considered a world leader in marine noise pollution, and the Mayor of Vilanova, Olga Arnau.

The meeting brings together specialists from 25 countries: the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Israel , New Zealand, Korea, Hungary, Brazil and South Africa.

“The attendees are the leading international experts in measurements, mapping and modeling of noise in the ocean, physiological and behavioral effects in the marine environment, as well as regulation and mitigation procedures”, the organizers have highlighted.

Throughout the week they will discuss, in different sessions that include presentations and talks, the problem of noise pollution at sea generated by the transport of goods, fishing or geophysical prospecting, the construction of wind farms or military maneuvers, among other matters.

They will also present the latest technology available to measure noise at sea.

The UPC LAB, linked to the Vilanova i la Geltrú Higher Polytechnic School of Engineering (EPSEVG), is internationally recognized as a leading research laboratory in the study of the effects of noise pollution in the ocean.

This laboratory has shown in several studies that marine organisms, including cetaceans, fish and invertebrates, can suffer serious hearing damage caused by continuous exposure to low frequency sound levels.

The LAB has also shown how noise of anthropogenic origin affects Posidonia meadows.

Marine biologists have highlighted that all these marine species play an essential role in the balance of the oceans and, if they are threatened by human activity, the entire food chain can be unbalanced and affect the biodiversity of ocean ecosystems.

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