COVID Pause Papers

Peer-reviewed Papers on the Effects of the COVID 19 Pandemic on Ocean Sound


  1. Chahouri, A., N. Elouahmani, and H. Ouchene. 2022. Recent progress in marine noise pollution: A thorough review. Chemosphere 291(2):132983,

  2. Jalkanen, J.-P., L. Johansson, M.H. Andersson, E. Majamäki, E., and P. Sigray. 2022. Underwater noise emissions from ships during 2014–2020, Environmental Pollution doi:

  3. Miksis-Olds, J.L.  B.S. Martin, K. Lowell, C. Verlinden, and K.D. Heaney. 2022. Minimal COVID-19 quieting measured in the deep offshore waters of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Express Letters. 2(9):090801,

  4. Smith, K.B., P Leary, T. Deal, J. Joseph, J. Ryan, C. Miller, C Dawe, and B. Cray. 2022. Acoustic vector sensor analysis of the Monterey Bay region soundscape and the impact of COVID-19. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 151:2507,


  1. Basan, F., J.-G. Fischer, and D. Kühnel. 2021. Soundscapes in the German Baltic Sea before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:689860. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.689860
  2. Bertucci, F., D. Lecchini, C. Greeven, R.M. Brooker, L. Minier, S. Cordonnier, M. Rene-Trouillefou, and E. Parmentier. 2021. Changes to an urban marina soundscape associated with COVID-19 lockdown in Guadeloupe. Environmental Pollution 289:119898,
  3. Breeze, H., S. Li, E.C. Marotte, J.A. Theriault, J. Wingfield, and J. Xu. 2021. Changes in underwater noise and vessel traffic in the approaches to Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:674788. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.674788
  4. Dahl, P.H., D.R. Dall'Osto, and M.J. Harrington. 2021.Trends in low-frequency underwater noise off the Oregon coast and impacts of COVID-19 pandemic. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 149:4073;
  5. De Clippele, L.H., and D. Risch. 2021. Measuring sound at a cold-water coral reef to assess the impact of COVID-19 on noise pollution. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:674702. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.674702
  6. Dunn, C., J. Theriault, L. Hickmott, and D. Claridge. 2021. Slower ship speed in the Bahamas due to COVID-19 produces a dramatic reduction in ocean sound levels. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:673565. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.673565
  7. Fournet, M.E., L.P. Matthews, and C. Gabriele. 2021. The impact of the “Anthropause” on the communication and acoustic habitat of Southeast Alaskan humpback whales. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 149(4):A136,
  8. Gabriele, C.M., D.W. Ponirakis, and H. Klinck. 2021. Underwater sound levels in Glacier Bay during reduced vessel traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:674787. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.674787
  9. Leon-Lopez, B., Eduardo Romero-Vivas, and L. Viloria-Gomora. 2021. Reduction of roadway noise in a coastal city underwater soundscape during COVID-19 confinement. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 149:652;
  10. Pine, M.K., L. Wilson, A.G. Jeffs, L. McWhinnie, F. Juanes, A. Scuderi, et al. 2021. A Gulf in lockdown: how an enforced ban on recreational vessels increased dolphin and fish communication ranges. Glob. Change Biol. 27:4839–4848. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15798
  11. Ryan, J.P., J.E. Joseph, T. Margolina, L.T. Hatch, A. Azzara, A. Reyes, B.L. Southall, A. DeVogelaere, L.E. Peavey Reeves, Y. Zhang, D.E. Cline, B. Jones, P. McGill, S. Baumann-Pickering, and A.K. Stimpert. 2021. Reduction of low-frequency vessel noise in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Front. Mar. Sci. 8:656566. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.656566
  12. Sertlek, H.Ö. 2021. Hindcasting soundscapes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in selected areas of the North Sea and the Adriatic Sea. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 9:702. jmse9070702 


  1. Thomson, D.J.M., and D.R. Barclay. 2020. Real-time observations of the impact of COVID-19 on underwater noise. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 147:3390;