Mapping underwater sound in the dutch part of the North Sea

H. Özkan Sertlek*, Geert Aarts, Sophie Brasseur, Hans Slabbekoorn, Carel ten Cate, Alexander M. von Benda-Beckmann, Michael A. Ainslie

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The European Union requires member states to achieve or maintain good environmental status for their marine territorial waters and explicitly mentions potentially adverse effects of underwater sound. In this study, we focused on producing maps of underwater sound from various natural and anthropogenic origins in the Dutch North Sea. The source properties and sound propagation are simulated by mathematical methods. These maps could be used to assess and predict largescale effects on behavior and distribution of underwater marine life and therefore become a valuable tool in assessing and managing the impact of underwater sound on marine life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
EditorsA.N. Popper, A. Hawkins
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


  • Good environmental status
  • Shipping noise


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