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Subject: workshop on noise and marine mammals
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 09:02:39 -0800
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 In conjunction with a study on Characterizing Biologically Significant
 Marine Mammal Behavior being conducted by the National Research
 Council's Ocean Studies Board, a workshop on will be held March 5-6,
 2004. The workshop will serve as a forum for the discussion of a
 conceptual framework to produce a practical process to help regulators
 assess the risk that specific acoustic sources will have negative
 impacts on a marine mammal population by disrupting normal behavioral
 patterns. The study committee proposes a process to link acoustic
 stimuli to behavioral responses integrated over daily and seasonal
 cycles in a way that links to life history parameters. To do this they
 will use a transfer function approach. In this approach the first
 stage will be to predict specific behavioral responses to sound. The
 second stage will be to evaluate the extent to which the behavioral
 responses compromise processes that are widely recognized as critical
 to life history. Four panels will be conducted on the first day of the
 workshop, followed by breakout groups and discussion on the second
 For further information on the workshop please contact Joanne Bintz at
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] or by calling 202-334-2742. 
 The workshop will be held at the National Academies Building, Lecture
 Hall, 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC and will include a
 dinner for NRC Committee members, workshop panelists, and
 pre-registered attendees who have paid a $40 fee.  To register for the
 workshop and dinner, please contact Sarah Capote at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or
 call 202-334-3141 before February 25, 2004.
 Please check the website, and select the link for
 Describing Biologically Significant Marine Mammal Behavior for a draft
 agenda and additional information.  The committee roster includes 
     Doug Wartzok (Chair), Florida International University
     Jeanne Altman, Princeton University
     Whitlow Au, University of Hawaii at Manoa
     Katherine Ralls, Smithsonian National Zoological Park
     Anthony Starfield, University of Minnesota
     Peter Tyack, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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