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OES Electronic Newsletter Volume 5, Number 23

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS UNDERWATER NOISE MEASUREMENT, IMPACT AND MITIGATION 14-15 October, Novotel Hotel, Southampton, UK

The Institute of Acoustics will be holding a conference on underwater noise, its measurement, impacts and mitigation from 14-15 October 2008 at the Novotel Hotel, Southampton, UK. The conference is organised by the Institute's Underwater Acoustics Group.

The marine environment is subject to both natural ambient noise and man-made noise from sources such as shipping, offshore oil and gas platforms, renewable energy generators, seismic surveys, piling, sonar, fisheries and marine aggregate extraction. Environmental impact assessments for all of these activities require an understanding of the radiated noise from the activity and the background ambient noise, together with the means to assess the impact of the anthropogenic noise on receptors in the marine environment. These assessments allow the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures.

Content: This conference is intended to address all of the issues from the methods used to characterise the ambient and radiated noise fields quantitatively, through to the means for assessing the impacts of the noise on marine fauna and the steps required for mitigation.

Keynote speakers include Douglas Cato, Defence Science and Technology, Australia, Craig Bloomer, JNCC UK and Ed Harland, Chickerell BioAcoustics.

For further information go to http://www.ioa.org.uk/viewupcoming.asp

or contact Linda Canty at the IOA at

linda.canty@ioa.org.uk

telephone + 44 (0)1727 848195.

For information on other OES activities, go to http://www.oceanicengineering.org

Send comments regarding this newsletter to the editor, Dr. Diane DiMassa, ddimassa@ieee.org