American Geophysical Union to host briefing on ocean sound research December 9
A temporary slowdown of global maritime commerce during the pandemic has opened a rare window into how a relatively quieter ocean may affect marine life.
This week’s American Geophysical Union Fall meeting (#AGU20) is hosting a media briefing on Wednesday, December 9, on a NOAA and partner scientific effort to stitch together existing underwater listening devices to learn more about how marine species may be affected by a relatively quieter ocean.
NOAA, the National Park Service and a university scientist will discuss their ongoing research which is assessing how reduced shipping, fishing, tourism and ocean development may be affecting marine mammals and other marine life. This research is expected to aid ongoing international efforts to mitigate the long term growth of human-caused ocean noise, which can impact the diversity, health, behavior and well-being of marine life.
Media briefing: Listening to a quieter ocean during the pandemic
Wednesday, December 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET
Jason Gedamke, fisheries biologist, NOAA Fisheries
Christine Gabriele, wildlife biologist, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Bob Dziak, research oceanographer, NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Ana Širović, associate professor, Texas A&M-Galveston
Leila Hatch, marine ecologist, NOAA Sanctuaries
How to attend the virtual briefing
Reporters who register for AGU meeting can watch the media briefing in real time and ask questions via an online chat.
For more information and instructions on how to view the media briefing, visit the AGU media briefing announcement "Listening to a quieter ocean offsite link" found on AGU’s Fall Meeting Media Center Events page offsite link.
To register for the AGU meeting, visit AGU’s registration page offsite link.
Monica Allen, (202) 379-6693