National Workshop on Passive Acoustic Sensors, Measurements and Calibration--This workshop was held at NIOT Chennai, on October 14, 2016. Twenty-seven individuals participated in the meeting, including representatives from the Indian Navy, fisheries agency, National Institute of Oceanography-Goa and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi. The workshop was opened with an inaugural presentation by Dr. S.C. Shenoi, Director, NIOT, followed by a talk on theimportance of passive acoustics for monitoring underwater environments and the objectives of IQOE by Dr. Bishwajit Chakraborty, CSIR-NIO. Dr. G. Latha covered detailed technical aspects of passive acoustics and work carried at the NIOT over the past decade. Dr. G. Ramdas spoke about underwater acoustic techniques, both including active and passive approaches. Ms. Malarkodi described the Acoustic Tank Facility and detailed the calibration work being carried out at the NIOT facility. There were lab visits and a panel discussions on passive monitoring and related technical issues by the participants.
The National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) has approved the Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network (ADEON) (see press release). Jennifer Miksis-Olds of the University of New Hampshire is the leader of the project. The study will deploy seven deep-water hydrophone moorings from Florida to Virginia to monitor the soundscapes of this region and provide insights into the effects of ocean sound on marine organisms. IQOE provided a letter of endorsement for this project because of its potential contributions to IQOE objectives.
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) has funding from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation to advance U.S. multi-stakeholder collaboration on ocean sound data, research, and observation. As part of this effort, which will build U.S. engagement and leverage scientific resources and investment in support of the IQOE, COL will document the full landscape of U.S. ocean sound related programs, task teams, and data sets; foster participation by academic scientists, federal agencies, and industry and conservation stakeholders; provide a forum for U.S. ocean sound‐related discussions and collaborations; and promote the need for a coordinated U.S. ocean sound science program aligned with the goals of IQOE and national priorities.
Status: The IQOE Science Plan has been reviewed and approved by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO), and is available here.
Funding has been obtained to begin initial implementation activities. An IQOE Science Committee has been formed and met for the second time in London, UK on 27-28 January 2017.
SCOR and POGO staff members will assist project scientists with implementation.
Next Steps: Additional funding is being sought, including for an international project office.