Marine Mammals and Noise

Marine Mammals and Noise

1st Edition - June 24, 1998

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  • Authors: W. Richardson, Charles Greene, Jr., Charles Malme, Denis Thomson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080573038

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Description

Many marine mammals communicate by emitting sounds that pass through water. Such sounds can be received across great distances and can influence the behavior of these undersea creatures. In the past few decades, the oceans have become increasingly noisy, as underwater sounds from propellers, sonars, and other human activities make it difficult for marine mammals to communicate. This book discusses, among many other topics, just how well marine mammals hear, how noisy the oceans have become, and what effects these new sounds have on marine mammals. The baseline of ambient noise, the sounds produced by machines and mammals, the sensitivity of marine mammal hearing, and the reactions of marine mammals are also examined. An essential addition to any marine biologist's library, Marine Mammals and Noise will be especially appealing to marine mammalogists, researchers, policy makers and regulators, and marine biologists and oceanographers using sound in their research.

Table of Contents

  • Preface.
    Introduction.
    Acoustic Concepts and Terminology.
    Measurement Procedures.
    Sound Propagation.
    Ambient Noise.
    Man-Made Noise.
    Marine Mammal Sounds.
    Marine Mammal Hearing.
    Documented Disturbance Reactions.
    Zones of Noise Influence.
    Significance of Responses and Noise Impacts.
    Conclusions and Data Needs.
    Literature Cited.
    Appendices:
    Common and Scientific Names of Marine Mammals.
    Acoustical Glossary.
    Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 576
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: June 24, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080573038

About the Authors

W. Richardson

Affiliations and Expertise

LGL Ltd. Environmental Research Associates, King City, Ontario, Canada

Charles Greene, Jr.

Affiliations and Expertise

Greeneridge Sciences, Inc.

Charles Malme

Affiliations and Expertise

BBN Systems & Technologies Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Denis Thomson

Affiliations and Expertise

LGL Ltd. Environmental Research Associates, King City, Ontario, Canada

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