Impacts of underwater noise on marine vertebrates: Project introduction and first results

Alexander Liebschner*, Henrike Seibel, Jonas Teilmann, Dietrich Wittekind, Eric Parmentier, Michael Dähne, Rune Dietz, Jörg Driver, Cornelis van Elk, Eligius Everaarts, Henning Findeisen, Jacob Kristensen, Kristina Lehnert, Klaus Lucke, Thomas Merck, Sabine Müller, Iwona Pawliczka, Katrin Ronnenberg, Tanja Rosenberger, Andreas RuserJakob Tougaard, Max Schuster, Janne Sundermeyer, Signe Sveegaard, Ursula Siebert

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The project conducts application-oriented research on impacts of underwater noise on marine vertebrates in the North and Baltic Seas. In distinct subprojects, the hearing sensitivity of harbor porpoises and gray seals as well as the acoustic tolerance limit of harbor porpoises to impulsive noise from pile driving and stress reactions caused by anthropogenic noise is investigated. Animals are equipped with DTAGs capable of recording the actual surrounding noise field of free-swimming harbor porpoises and seals. Acoustic noise mapping including porpoise detectors in the Natura 2000 sites of the North and Baltic Seas will help to fully understand current noise impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
ISBN (Electronic)9781493929818
ISBN (Print)9781493929801
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)2214-8019


  • Auditory evoked potential
  • Noise logger
  • Stress
  • Tagging
  • Temporary threshold


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