New tool to monitor impact of offshore construction on marine animals

Resource / New tool to monitor impact of offshore construction on marine animals

By Juliette Aplin / 28 Jul 2015

 

A new desktop tool will enable offshore developers to assess the environmental noise impact of their projects on marine mammal populations.


A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews has developed a framework for assessing the consequences of human-induced noise-disturbance from offshore developments such as wind farms, oil and gas exploration or drilling. Noise from such developments is known to cause changes in behaviour, health and ability to breed in marine animals such as dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and seals.


The study behind the tool, currently known as the interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCOD) framework has been published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.


The tool is currently being piloted in seas around the UK, with plans to refine and develop the framework further as more data becomes available.

 

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