The idea of an international project on sound in the ocean and its effects on marine organisms was first explored in a meeting held at the University of Rhode Island on 27-29 October 2010, suggested by Jesse Ausubel and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Participants at the workshop agreed that a major research project should be formed. The ideas were summarized in an article in Oceanography magazine.
Boyd, I.L., G. Frisk, E. Urban, P. Tyack, J. Ausubel, S. Seeyave, D. Cato, B. Southall, M. Weise, R. Andrew, T. Akamatsu, R. Dekeling, C. Erbe, D. Farmer, R. Gentry, T. Gross, A. Hawkins, F. Li, K. Metcalf, J.H. Miller, D. Moretti, C. Rodrigo, and T. Shinke. 2011. An International Quiet Ocean Experiment. Oceanography 24(2):174–181.
IQOE co-sponsored (with the International Whaling Commission, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Office of Naval Research Global, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, and the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) a workshop on Predicting Sound Fields, held on 15-16 April 2014 in Leiden, Netherlands. The report of the workshop can be found at
JOINT WORKSHOP REPORT: PREDICTING SOUND FIELDS—GLOBAL SOUNDSCAPE MODELLING TO INFORM MANAGEMENT OF CETACEANS AND ANTHROPOGENIC NOISE. 15-16 April 2014, TNO- Gorter Building, Wassenaarseweg 56, Leiden, Netherlands
The Science Plan has been approved by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans. The Science Plan is available at
Appendix II of the plan is a compilation of assets for observing sound in the ocean. IQOE will update this information as new information becomes available.
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.