NOAA Ocean Noise Reference Station Network

Passive acoustic monitoring of the ocean ambient sound field is a critical aspect of NOAA's mandate for ocean and coastal stewardship. This includes detecting and characterizing: (1) sounds produced and used by living marine resources (e.g., endangered marine mammals); (2) natural sources of noise from physical oceanographic processes; and (3) anthropogenic noise sources that contribute to the overall ocean noise environment. Noise generated by anthropogenic activities (especially commercial shipping and seismic oil & gas exploration) is increasingly being recognized as a potential threat to marine mammals which are protected in the U.S. by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Current scientific data suggest that increased ambient noise levels impact marine mammals by hindering communication (Hatch et al. 2012), altering communication behavior (Parks et al. 2013), altering locomotive behavior (Pirotta et al. 2013), and inducing stress (Rolland et al. 2012).
Additional concerns associated with the degraded acoustic quality of diverse habitats broaden these concerns to include possible repercussions for fish and invertebrate species, many of which NOAA manages as commercially-harvested, protects as resources within sanctuaries, or studies as key elements to sustaining healthy ecosystems. For these reasons it is important for science-based regulatory agencies including NOAA to monitor long-term trends and changes in the ambient sound field.
The objective of the proposed project is to establish a network of initially ten ocean noise reference stations in U.S. waters to monitor long-term changes and trends in the underwater ambient sound field (McDonald et al. 2006). Our plan is to deploy identical autonomous acoustic recording systems developed in-house at PMEL at each reference station to ensure proper calibration and consistency of the collected data sets.
  • Cite as: NOAA OAR Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOS Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and DOI NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (2014) Passive Acoustic Data Collection (NRS) NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information doi:10.7289/V5M32T0D [access date]
gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.pad:NRS
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Distribution Formats
  • raw audio files (.wav, .aif, .flac) (Version: 1)
    • File Specification: Raw audio files produced from data collected by a passive acoustic recording system. File format is one of the standard audio file formats (.wav, .aif, .flac, etc.)
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Distributor Chuck Anderson
Passive Acoustic Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4742
pad.info@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Robert Dziak
Acoustics Program Manager
NOAA/PMEL
541-867-0175
robert.p.dziak@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Jay Barlow
Supervisory Operations Research Analyst
NOAA/SWFSC
858-546-7178
Jay.Barlow@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Catherine Berchok
Research Zoologist
NOAA/AFSC
206-526-6331
Catherine.Berchok@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Eva DiDonato

National Park Service Water Resource Division
970-267-7291
Eva_DiDonato@nps.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Jason Gedamke
Fishery Biologist Researcher
NMFS/OST/AMD
301-427-8133
jason.gedamke@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Brad Hanson
Wildlife Biologist
NMFS/NWFSC/CBD

brad.hanson@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Leila Hatch
Ecologist
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
781-546-6006
Leila.Hatch@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Samara Haver
Research Assistant
NOAA/PMEL/CIMRS
5033476999
samara.haver@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Joe Haxel
Associate
OAR/PMEL
541-67-0282
joe.haxel@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Marla Holt
Research Wildlife Biologist
NOAA/NWFSC
206-860-3261
Marla.Holt@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Holger Klinck
Director
Cornell University, Bioacoustics Research Program
607-254-6250
Holger.Klinck@cornell.edu
Dataset Principal Investigator Danielle Lipski
Research Coordinator
NOS/ONMS/WCR/NMS CORDELL BANK
415-464-5264
danielle.lipski@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Haru Matsumoto
Associate
OAR/CPO/OOMD
541-867-0272
haru.matsumoto@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Megan McKenna
Acoustic Biologist
National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division
970 267-2123
Megan_F_McKenna@nps.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Christian Meinig
Supervisory General Engineer
OAR/PMEL
206-526-6149
Christian.Meinig@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator David K. Mellinger
Associate
OAR/CPO/OOMD
541-867-0372
David.K.Mellinger@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Sue Moore
Senior Scientist
NMFS/OST/MED
206-526-6889
sue.moore@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Erin Oleson
Supervisory Research Ecologist
NOAA/PIFSC
808-725-5712
Erin.Oleson@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Melissa Soldevilla
Research Fishery Biologist
NOAAA/SEFSC
305-361-4238
Melissa.Soldevilla@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Sofie Van Parijs
Zoologist
NOAA/NEFSC
508-495-2119
Sofie.VanParijs@noaa.gov
Time Period 2014-05-23T00:16:20 to Present
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 72.4900
S: -14.2686
E: -66.2499
W: -170.7196
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • creation: 2014-05-23
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency As needed
Purpose A collaborative effort between OAR???s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), all NMFS Science Centers, the NOS National Marine Sanctuary System, and the National Park Service to establish and collect consistent and comparable long-term passive acoustic data sets covering all major regions of the U.S
Use Limitations
  • These data are considered raw and have not been subjected to the NOAA's quality control or quality assurance procedures. They are released for limited public use as preliminary data to be used only with appropriate caution. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
  • Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: NOAA OAR Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOS Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and DOI NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (2014) Passive Acoustic Data Collection (NRS) NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information doi:10.7289/V5M32T0D [access date]
Custodians
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Resource Providers
  • NOAA/PMEL > Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/AFSC > Alaska Fisheries Science Center

  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC > Northeast Fisheries Science Center
  • DOI/NPS > National Park Service

  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/PIFSC > Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
  • NOS/ONMS/NEGLR/GES SBNMS > Gerry E Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center

  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SWFSC > Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics
  • EARTH SCIENCE Oceans > Aquatic Sciences > Fisheries
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > MARINE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN ACOUSTICS > AMBIENT NOISE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Marine Habitat
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS > National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Recorders/Loggers > Passive Acoustic Recorder
Place keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • Global
  • Vertical Location >Water Column
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: NOAA OAR Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOS Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and DOI NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate (2014) Passive Acoustic Data Collection (NRS) NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information doi:10.7289/V5M32T0D [access date]
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
  • Resource may not be available for up to one year after initial collection.
Fees
  • Free
Lineage information for: series
Acquisition Information (collection)
Operation
  • NRS
Last Modified: 2018-04-10
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