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Marine Acoustics Session - Ocean Sciences 2006 (Hawaii)

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From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 08:59:25 -0700
From: "Stephen Simpson" <>

I am pleased to announce that we have had approved a special session at the 
Ocean Sciences Meeting in Hawaii next February on Marine Acoustics.  This 
conference has a fantastically broad scope, and we hope to reflect that in our 
session by attracting speakers from many different disciplines (see full advert 
below).  The common theme is Marine Acoustics, a subject that is increasingly 
capturing the Worlds and the scientific community's attention.

There are many ways in which the marine environment and acoustics connect, 

    * Shipping, drilling, mining, tourist and dive boats, dynamite
      fishing and seismic testing all impacting on the natural

    * The essential use by marine mammals, and some fish and inverts
      of sounds for communication and hunting

    * Our increasing understanding of the importance of reef noise for
      larval fish (and invertebrate?) navigation and orientation

    * Researchers now using reef noises to detect, assess, classify
      and monitor reefs, particularly in deep or turbid waters

    * Navy and marine navigators needing to filter out reef noise to
      enable detection of other sounds

The submission of abstracts should soon be active at the conference website:

A more complete announcement is appended below.

I would be very grateful if you could pass this information on to anyone else 
who you think would be interested.

Steve Simpson

PS: Apologies for cross-posting.

Dr. Stephen D. Simpson
Tropical Fish Ecologist, University of Edinburgh

Ashworth 2, Kings Buildings, EH9 3JT, UK
Tel: +44 131 651 3637; Mob: +44 7900551883
Click for my website; Fax: +44 131 650 6564


Marine Acoustics Special Session

2006 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Hawaii

The 13th Ocean Sciences Meeting, a joint meeting of ASLO, TOS and AGU, will be 
held 20-24 February 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Program Committee is 
developing a scientific program that will cover all topics in the area of Ocean 
Sciences and one of these topics will be marine acoustics.

Session Summary

>From the use of hydroacoustic monitoring to detect and locate submarine 
>earthquakes and volcanic activity to navigation cues for young reef fish 
>finding their way home marine acoustics is a rapidly expanding area of 
>research and development. Increasing concerns of the effects of underwater 
>noise, both anthropogenic and natural, on the marine environment are raising 
>marine acoustics to the forefront of scientific research and to government 
>policy and legislation. This session will include the following:

    * Acoustic tomography for water mass monitoring and climate

    * Acoustic techniques for habitat classification, fish and
      plankton abundance and biomass modelling

    * Acoustic techniques advancing marine archaeology

    * Seafloor acoustics, mapping topography and military surveying
      for vessels and mines

    * Acoustic remote sensing of the marine environment

    * Underwater acoustic communication and navigation, people and

    * Advances in acoustic technologies

    * The effect of anthropogenic and natural noise on marine life

Abstract submissions will be accepted on line in the very near future at


Dr. Bev Mackenzie. Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, 80 
Coleman Street, London. EC2R 5BJ. UK. Tel: +44 020 7382 2628.  Email: 
 Please contact for more information.

Prof. A. Gavrilov. Centre for Marine Science & Technology, Curtin University of 
Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845. AUSTRALIA.  Email: 

Dr. Stephen Simpson. Institute of Evolutionary Biology. University of 
Edinburgh, Edinburgh. EH9 3JT. UK. Email: 

Dr. Angela Davis, CMarSci, FIMarEST. School of Ocean Sciences, University of 
Wales, Bangor, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5AB. UK.  Email: 

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