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Discovery of Sound in the Sea

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LONG-TERM GOALS. The long-term goal of this effort is to produce resources to educate the public, educators and students of all ages, and stakeholders on the basic science of sound in the sea how people and animals use underwater sound to communicate, navigate, and explore the oceans and the effects of sound on marine life. OBJECTIVES. The objective of this effort is to develop and maintain resources that address the long-term goal. The resources include a website Figure 1, educational CD-ROM, 12- page informational booklet Figure 2, and tri-fold educational pamphlet Figurer 3. APPROACH Efforts have focused on enhancing and expanding the website that was launched in November 2002, and developing structured online resources designed for policymakers and the media. During the past five years, the University of Rhode Island s Office of Marine Programs OMP has developed a successful working relationship with Marine Acoustics, Inc. MAI. This relationship involves MAI drafting content material and providing technical guidance for OMP staff to produce additional science content and educational materials focused on sound in the sea and the effects of sound on marine animals. The quality of material on the website is enhanced by an advisory panel and external peer review committee. WORK COMPLETED. During the fifth year of the DOSITS project, OMP focused on several tasks to enhance and expand the website, and to outreach to additional audiences that have not been targeted in the past. Tasks for this reporting period included the following Development of a section on the historical perspective of people s use of underwater sound. The Acoustical Society of America recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. As part of its celebration, they published a book commemorating the history of acoustical studies and significant milestones in the development of the field of acoustics.

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  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Acoustics

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