Jana Winderen hydrophone recording at the Silverbank, Dominican Republic. Photo: TBA21–Academy, José Alejandro Alvarez.

The Art of Listening: Under Water

About Anthropogenic Noise Pollution

The Soundscape of the Anthropocene

February 5, 2021

Oceans have become substantially noisier since the Industrial Revolution. Shipping, resource exploration, and infrastructure development have increased the anthrophony (sounds generated by human activities), whereas the biophony (sounds of biological origin) has been reduced by hunting, fishing, and habitat degradation. Climate change is affecting geophony (abiotic, natural sounds). Existing evidence shows that anthrophony affects marine animals at multiple levels, including their behavior, physiology, and, in extreme cases, survival. This should prompt management actions to deploy existing solutions to reduce noise levels in the ocean, thereby allowing marine animals to reestablish their use of ocean sound as a central ecological trait in a healthy ocean.

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Composition by Jana Winderen to accompany "The Soundscape of the Anthropocene Ocean," published in Science Magazine.

In the Oceans, the Volume Is Rising as Never Before

By Sabrina Imbler
February 4, 2021

A new review of the scientific literature confirms that anthropogenic noise is becoming unbearable for undersea life.

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