Understanding the population consequences of acoustic disturbance for marine mammals

John Harwood*, Stephanie King, Cormac Booth, Carl Donovan, Robert S. Schick, Len Thomas, Leslie New

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Loud anthropogenic underwater noise, such as that associated with sonar operations, pile driving, or seismic surveys, can cause behavioral and physiological disturbance to many animals that may affect their survival or ability to breed. However, no formal framework for assessing the population-level consequences of this disturbance is currently available. We describe an interim version of a framework developed by a working group on the population consequences of disturbance, funded by the US Office of Naval Research through the University of California, that can be used to assess the effects of offshore renewable energy developments on marine mammal populations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598
ISSN (Electronic)2214-8019


  • Noise
  • Renewable energy


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