International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE): Implement Science Recommendations


The issue of how noise affects marine mammals in all oceans is a global issue affecting governments, industries, and conservation interests. There have been significant recent developments in technology, research, and increasingly broad spatial and temporal scales over which we can monitor ocean animals and ocean sound using acoustic sensors. A diversity of approaches is used in the assessment of potential impacts and methods of monitoring ocean noise, and only recently an effort has been made to forge greater consistency across institutional and national borders by establishing the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE). The current working group focuses on implementing recommendations by the IQOE.

How IQOE contributes to POGO priority areas

POGO’s first priority is to lead the making and innovation of observations that contribute to the global ocean observing system. To develop a system for sustained, long-term and globally coherent acoustic monitoring is within the scope of this goal. Building on international partnership and collaboration will ensure a unfied global approach to acoustic monitoring and noise exposure criteria.

Status: Complete Working group

Year: 2015

Working group website

Members involved

Partners involved

Working group Participants


  • Alexander Vedenev, P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia - Head of Noises in the Ocean Laboratory, SIO RAS
  • Peter Tyack, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom - Professor of Marine Mammal Biology


  • Alexander Ostrovskiy, P. P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, SIO RAS, Russia
  • Brandon Southall, SEA, Inc. and University of California Santa Cruz, USA
  • Jennifer Miksis-Olds, Penn State University, USA
  • Christine Erbe, Curtin University, Australia
  • George Frisk, Woods Hole Oceanographic Insitution, USA
  • Jakob Tougaard, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Alessandro Crise, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, OGS, Italy
  • Pierre-Marie Poulain, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, OGS, Italy

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