International Quiet Ocean Experiment: Open Science Meeting

International Quiet Ocean Experiment: Open Science Meeting

Paris, France

About the Meeting

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

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

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

The future industrialization of the oceans - Paul Holthus

What is known about the biological effects of sound?- Peter Tyack, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Existing technologies that could be useful for characterizing soundscapes

Global Ocean Acoustical Observation System - Brian Dushaw, University of Washington

Autonomous Observation Systems - Doug Cato,  Defence Science and TechnologyOrganisation, Australia

Underwater naval acoustic systems - David Moretti, U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Modeling and Prediction of Soundscapes - Mike Porter, Heat, Light, and Sound Research

Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization - Mark Prior

What is a soundscape and how should soundscapes be quantified and characterized? - Christine Erbe, JASCO Australia 

Themes for Discussion Sessions

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

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)

Scientific knowledge needed for industry and regulators 

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)

Ocean soundscapes

Co-chairs: Manell Zakharia (NURC, Italy) and Doug Cato (University of Sydney)

Co-rapporteurs: Christine Erbe (JASCO Australia) and Tony Hawkins (Loughine)

Designing research relating soundscapes to effects on organisms

Co-chairs: Christopher Clark (Cornell University) and Jakob Tougaard (Aarhus University)

Co-rapporteurs: Peter Evans (Sea Watch Foundation) and Roger Gentry (ProScience Consulting)

Experimental approaches to understanding responses of organisms to specific sources 

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)

Background Information

Matrix of Ocean Observing Systems - send comments to Jennifer Miksis-Olds. This is a draft, so please do not distribute it.

Real-time monitoring of noise and acoustic events: listening to the deep, identifying and understanding - Michel Andre

Additionally, participants are welcome to submit background papers/PowerPoint presentations that they believe will be a useful foundation for creation of the Science Plan. We can link to documents located on other Web sites or post them on our server, respecting any copyright restrictions. Any documents submitted will be posted on this page.

As part of the IQOE project, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided support for the creation of the Aquatic Acoustic Archive, which can be found at This Web site provides access to published literature related to the IQOE, as well as other resources.