Insights into the calculation of metrics for transient sounds in shallow water

H. Ozkan Sertlek*, Hans Slabbekoorn, Carel J.Ten Cate, Michael A. Ainslie

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Concern about possible impact of human activity on marine life has led to regulation in the USA and the EU. The EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires member states to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) by 2020. Descriptor 11 of GES is "Introduction of energy, including underwater noise, is at levels that do not adversely affect the marine environment", for which two indicators are specified. The effects of underwater sound on aquatic animals is a research topic in need of multidisciplinary effort between acousticians and biologists, in order to provide a quantitative description of the sound field and to understand the impact of the sound on aquatic life. Sound exposure level (SEL), sound pressure level (SPL) and peak pressure are widely used as metrics for assessing environmental impact . This paper described the calculation of SEL and SPL for impulsive sounds in shallow water (relevant to Indicator 11.2.1 of GES Descriptor 11), with particular attention to the difficulties associated with the effect of time dispersion, which can lead to large uncertainties and errors in SPL.

Original languageEnglish
Article number070076
JournalProceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics 2012, ECUA 2012 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012


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