IQOE Newsletter #3 is now available.
In an effort to foster and further both the distribution and use of “big data”, as well as goals of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE) , the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is seeking to fill two positions to conceive, implement and operate a data portal that will allow easy access to acoustic data and basic data products.
These positions are part of an AWI effort to build data portals for bathymetric, biological (benthic video surveys) and oceanographic data in close collaboration with the AWI’s computing center, supporting a team of 8 full-time professionals as currently announced to jointly achieve these goals.
It is intended to transform these positions into tenure-track positions, such that this data management and accessibility effort can be sustained in the long run.
With regard to the acoustic positions, a close collaboration with the IQOE WG on Data Management and Access and the WG on Standardization is intended and shall actively be sought and maintained by the data scientist/curator.
Please distribute this email amongst potentially interested colleagues and/or access the application portal for these positions at:
Data scientist / data curator:
Data engineer / software developer
Applications are due by 31 August 2019.
Please do not hesitate contacting Olaf Boebel in case of any questions.
Senior Oceanographer / Head Ocean Acoustics Group
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung
Tel +49 (0) 471 4831 1879
Fax +49 (0) 471 4831 1797
IQOE provided the lead article for a special issue of ECO Magazine on ocean sound. The magazine includes a variety of articles on science, technology, and policy, and also includes embedded sounds relevant to articles in the magazine.
ECO Magazine has just released a special issue on ocean sound.This issue is a well-balanced presentation of the issues related to sound in the ocean, with excellent articles on science, technology, management, and the environmental. This publication will be helpful for public outreach related to IQOE. The embedded sounds from the ocean should be especially helpful to attract public interest to the issue of sound in the ocean
An article in the 11 April 2019 issue of Nature magazine discusses the issue of sound in the ocean and notes IQOE's role in studying ocean sound and its effects on marine organisms (see https://www.nature.com/magazine-assets/d41586-019-01098-6/d41586-019-01098-6.pdf).
The March 2019 IQOE Newsletter has been issued and is available here.
Quieting Ships to Protect the Marine Environment: Technical Workshop will be held at the IMO Headquarters in London, UK on 30 January to 1 February 2019 (see https://en.xing-events.com/FUPYYKX.html)
The IQOE-endorsed PhYsic project has establised a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PHySIColombia/.
Maritime authorities in Sweden and Denmark have proposed a rerouting of the main shipping routes into the Baltic Sea, scheduled to be implemented in 2020. This creates a unique opportunity to study effects of heavy ship traffic in a shallow sea. The IQOE-endorsed project "Rerouting shipping lanes in the Kattegat – effects on soundscape and ecosystem (TANGO)" will measure a range of parameters in the existing shipping lane, the new shipping lane and reference areas away from the shipping lanes. This will be done for at least a full year prior to rerouting, to establish a baseline, and at least one full year after the change. The primary goal of the project will be to describe changes to the soundscape (by sound recorders) in ecological important areas and quantify effects on harbour porpoise abundance (by passive acoustic monitoring). Secondary goals will be to study other ecosystem components: birds (by aerial surveys), fish (by eDNA) and benthic invertebrates (by surveys and sampling). This is an example of the opportunistic approach employed by IQOE-related projects to study the effects of sound on marine organisms without adding sound to the ocean.
The U.S. National Research Council recently released a report entitled Understanding and Predicting the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. The report recommended establishment of a grant program for research, which has been implemented. The report describes the use of acoustics to study the Loop Current. Hard copies are available for purchase and a pdf version of the report can be downloaded for free.