Making waves: Five new projects on ‘Underwater noise in the Marine Environment’ awarded funding

The JPI Oceans call for proposals on ‘Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment’ is bringing together researchers from Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania and Spain.

Thirteen project proposals involving partners from all eight participating countries were received. The proposals were evaluated by independent, international peer reviewers and ranked by an evaluation panel. On this basis, the Call Steering Committee selected five projects for funding.

The projects revolve around two themes:

  • The effects of anthropogenic noise pollution on marine ecosystems
  • The development of innovative seismic sources as quieter and effective alternatives to conventional marine geophysical exploration

The selected projects are:

  • ORCHESTRA | ecOsystem Responses to Constant offsHorE Sound specTRA | Coordinator: Maarten Boersma, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany)
  • DeuteroNoise| Coordinator: Lucia Manni, University of Padua (Italy)
  • DIAPHONIA | DIagnostic framework to Assess and Predict tHe impact Of underwater NoIse on mArine species | Coordinator: Sandro Mazzariol, University of Padua (Italy)
  • SONORA | Coordinator: Jaime Ramis Soriano, Universidad de Alicante (Spain)
  • PURE WIND | Coordinator: Ana Širović, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

The projects are expected to start their work by the end of 2022. More info on the projects will be provided soon.

Background

Mankind is noisy by nature, and the impact of noise on human societies seems well known. With growing environmental awareness, our society – scientific researchers, NGOs, policy makers, and citizens – recognizes anthropogenic noise as an emerging pollutant and growing concern for subaquatic environments. Underwater acoustic pollution impacts on the health of marine animal populations and biological productivity.

Therefore, in December 2021, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania and Spain under the framework of JPI Oceans and together with endorsements by BANOS, BlueMed, NOAA and the UN Ocean Decade, launched a call on ‘Underwater Noise in the Marine Environment’. The overall aim is to decrease the existing high levels of uncertainty and to promote specific lines of research that will contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive at regional sub-basin scale, and, therewith, contributing to reach the Good Environmental Status of the European seas and oceans.