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Endangered Species Research Special Issue - Anthropogenic Ocean Noise

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Subject: Endangered Species Research Special Issue - Anthropogenic Ocean Noise
From: Wendy Piniak <>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:40:43 +0000
On behalf of my colleagues and co-guest editors, Drs. Doug Nowacek and Brandon 
Southall, I would like to draw your attention to the announcement of a  Special 
Issue in Endangered Species Research - "21st Century Paradigms for Measuring 
and Managing the Effects of Anthropogenic Ocean Noise." A short description of 
the issue is given below, and more details on submissions for the Special Issue 
and Endangered Species Research generally are available at:

21st Century Paradigms for Measuring and Managing the Effects of Anthropogenic 
Ocean Noise

Anthropogenic noise in the ocean has received considerable attention in recent 
years. Observational and manipulative experiments have provided insights into 
impacts of noise on animals as well as, in some cases, a lack of effects. The 
study of anthropogenic noise in the ocean has matured considerably, in part due 
to lessons learned and new tools developed for assessing similar issues in 
terrestrial systems (some illustrative examples of which we propose including). 
In considering the recent progress in this rapidly expanding field, this issue 
will highlight studies that explore both the increasing understanding of 
effects of noise on animals and some of the practical and regulatory human 
dimensions of this subject. The study of potential effects on animals has 
matured experimentally and theoretically, with careful experiments addressing 
specific questions and emerging issues related to the development of new areas 
and new industries. Furthermore, advances in sophisticated modelling methods of 
sound footprints and noise exposure over increasingly large spatio-temporal 
areas are facilitating the advancement of theory. Our appreciation of the human 
dimension of this issue has also developed, with practical considerations for 
the application of emerging science in regulatory policy. Many of these 
realizations that will be explored within the special issue involve a 
broadening of the taxonomic and ecological scope of potential effects, as well 
as synoptic measurements and assessment of non-traditional variables (e.g., 
noise exposure context). This Theme Section fits squarely within ESR’s mission 
to provide knowledge needed for practicing human stewardship, in this case 
stewardship of the oceans. And while not all of the species proposed for 
discussion are threatened or endangered, the marine habitat is threatened and 
thus so are the creatures that exist and rely on it. We envision this Theme 
Section to inform regional, national and international conservation strategies 
aimed at understanding and managing anthropogenic noise in the ocean. Through 
various fora, stakeholders in this issue include: noise producers, regulators, 
conservation organizations, academic and private sector scientists, and society 
at large. This issue will attempt to encapsulate issues relevant to all of 
these stakeholders within the overall context of science and management of 
ocean noise.

Wendy Dow Piniak

Wendy Dow Piniak
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Studies
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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