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Research Technical Report

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NOAA Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

Gedamke, J., J. Harrison, L. Hatch, R. Angliss, J. Barlow, C. Berchok, C. Caldow, M. Castellote, D. Cholewiak, M.L. Deangelis, R. Dziak, E. Garland, S. Guan, S. Hastings, M. Holt, B. Laws, D. Mellinger, S. Moore, T.J. Moore, E. Oleson, J. Pearson-Meyer, W. Piniak, J. Redfern, T. Rowles, A. Scholik-Schlomer, A. Smith, M. Soldevilla, J. Stadler, S. Van Parijs, and C. Wahle (2016)

Silver Spring, Maryland. 138pp.


The purpose of the NOAA Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap is to support the agency’s use of its capabilities and authorities to more effectively understand and address the effects of noise on protected species and acoustic habitats. Four chapters address key elements of the Strategy’s approach and provide place-based examples:

  • Chapter 1: Reviewing species level impacts of ocean noise and associated management actions
  • Chapter 2: Establishing the foundation for understanding and managing acoustic habitats for NOAA trust species and places
  • Chapter 3: Reviewing NOAA’s current capability to characterize aquatic soundscapes and enhancing this capacity for the future
  • Chapter 4: Applying risk assessment to place-based examples that highlight Roadmap science and management recommendations