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:
  1. How have human activities affected the global ocean soundscape compared with natural changes over geologic time?
  2. What are the current levels and distribution of anthropogenic sound in the ocean?
  3. What are the trends in anthropogenic sound levels across the global ocean?
  4. 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?
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