Anthropogenic Sound Sources

What are the potential effects of anthropogenic sound sources on marine animals?

The ocean is full of both natural and anthropogenic sources of sound (see What are common underwater sounds?). Much attention has been focused on anthropogenic sound sources in the ocean and potential effects on marine animals. These effects may include an alteration in behavior, the inability to hear important sounds (masking), hearing loss (temporary or permanent), and other physiological effects.

This section is organized by the specific anthropogenic sound sources.

In addition, other sections of the DOSITS website are arranged by the potential effects of sound on different animal groups (marine mammals and marine fishes).

The content on DOSITS is based on well understood scientific principles, peer-reviewed literature, and high-quality sources of scientific data. Independent experts who specialize in underwater acoustics have reviewed the material in this section.

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