An Open Science Meeting was convened at the IOC headquarters in Paris in 2011 to gather ideas and input from the broader community of scientists, navies, industries and others. A Writing Group was put together to distil the discussions at that meeting into a Science Plan, which was subsequently reviewed and approved by SCOR and POGO, before publication in 2015.
This sets out a plan to address the following fundamental questions:
- How have human activities affected the global ocean soundscape compared with natural changes over geologic time?
- What are the current levels and distribution of anthropogenic sound in the ocean?
- What are the trends in anthropogenic sound levels across the global ocean?
- What are the current effects of anthropogenic sound on important marine animal populations? 5) What are the potential future effects of sound on marine life?