EMSO Time Series Conference 2021 “Observing Ocean Sound” at PLOCAN

By June 10, 2021 News

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands will host the first edition of the EMSO Time Series Conference 2021 “Observing Ocean Sound”, which will be held in hybrid mode from 20-22 October 2021. Its objective is to inform and train the ocean science community on the latest advancements in detecting and monitoring underwater sound for environmental and industrial purposes.

The conference, which will be open to scientists of all nations, is set up as a three-day event. On the first day, the plenary session aims to gather eminent scientists of the Ocean Science Community to discuss the latest challenges in the field and share advancements in detecting and monitoring underwater sounds.

The last two days will be dedicated to training sessions on methods for the acquisition of ocean sound, for the production of ocean noise time-series, and generating a greater understanding of the role played by particle velocity in ocean observation. Moreover, the trainers will also teach processing techniques for discovering what can be heard, and whether the sounds are of natural or anthropogenic origin.

The increasing need to observe and monitor underwater sound for environmental and industrial purposes is faced with the challenge of the vastness of the marine space, the diversity of sound sources and receptors, and the high costs of acquiring representative and useful time-space resolution.

This challenge calls for cost-effective solutions that need to address the whole acquisition chain, from sensors to platforms, communication, processing and data delivery. In-situ acoustic data acquisition devices and the processing to deliver meaningful time series data remain costly due to acquisition costs and the need for experts at each stage. Improved methods are needed to respond to legal and overarching international recommendations and prescriptions to reduce the impact of anthropogenic noise on the ocean.

The registration for participants and for submitting abstracts is available at the event website.