International Quiet Ocean Experiment: Open Science Meeting

Location: Paris, France
Dates: 30 August-1 September 2011

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) announce an open science meeting for an International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE). The purpose of the open science meeting is to develop a Science Plan for the IQOE, a focused international research effort that may last a decade or so.  This plan will include background information to document the importance of the issue of sound in the ocean and its effects on marine organisms; identify information gaps; and describe research, observations, and modeling activities needed to fill these gaps. The plan will draw on background information and research priorities from previous documents, as well as from discussion papers submitted for the meeting, and the results of the discussion sessions, which will be a major component of the meeting. The plan will include specific details for implementing IQOE activities.





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Plenary Presentation Topics


Themes for Discussion Sessions

IQOE history and concept - Ian Boyd, University of St. Andrews  

Observing Systems, including technology development  
Matrix of Observing Systems and Their Acoustical Capabilities

What is known about long-term trends in ambient noise levels and the global economy? - George Frisk, Florida Atlantic University

Co-chairs:Brandon Southall (SEA, Inc.) and Brian Dushaw (University of Washington) Co-rapporteurs:Jennifer Miksis-Olds(Penn State University) and Rex Andrew (University of Washington)
The future industrialization of the oceans - Paul Holthus  

Scientific knowledge needed for industry and regulators 

What is known about the biological effects of sound?- Peter Tyack, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  Co-chairs: John Young (Resource Access International, USA) and Frank Thomsen(DHI Water and Environment, Denmark) Co-rapporteurs: René Dekeling(Defence Materiel Organisation,Netherlands) and Jason Gedamke(NOAA)

Existing technologies that could be useful for characterizing soundscapes


 Ocean soundscapes  

Global Ocean Acoustical Observation System Brian Dushaw, University of Washington   Co-chairs: Manell Zakharia (NURC, Italy) and Doug Cato (University of Sydney) Co-rapporteurs: Christine Erbe(JASCO Australia) and Tony Hawkins(Loughine)
Autonomous Observation Systems Doug Cato,  Defence Science and TechnologyOrganisation, Australia  

Designing research relating soundscapes to effects on organisms 

Underwater naval acoustic systems David Moretti, U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center   Co-chairs: Christopher Clark (Cornell University) and Jakob Tougaard (Aarhus University) Co-rapporteurs: Peter Evans (Sea Watch Foundation) and Roger Gentry(ProScience Consulting)
Modeling and Prediction of Soundscapes Mike Porter, Heat, Light, and Sound Research  

Experimental approaches to understanding responses of organisms to specific sources  

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Mark Prior   Co-chairs: Vincent Janik (University of St. Andrews) and Robert Gisiner (U.S. Navy) Co-rapporteurs: Patrick Miller(University of St. Andrews) and Sophie Brasseur (IMARES)
What is a soundscape and how should soundscapes be quantified and characterized? - Christine Erbe, JASCO Australia      


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