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Ocean Decade Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment (OD-MAE)

Interagency Working Group for Ocean Sound and Marine Life - United States of America (USA)

All Ocean Basins, Create a digital representation of the Ocean, Develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Increase community resilience to ocean hazards, Programme, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Understand and beat marine pollution, Unlock ocean-based solutions to climate change

Sound is a persistent yet dynamic component of the maritime environment reflecting both physical and biological properties and phenomenology that define oceanography. Understanding sound in the ocean is critical to support users of, and life within, the ocean.

The Ocean Decade Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment will establish a comprehensive science-based program aimed at measuring and objectively characterizing underwater acoustic environments – the physical, biological and anthropogenic – at regional to global scales.

It will foster new scientific knowledge, technologies, approaches to data collection and dissemination that facilitate the use of sound for analyzing, evaluating and predicting ocean-life systems.

Start Date: 01/01/2022
End Date: 31/12/2031

This Programme hosts the following Ocean Decade Project:

Quantifying gases in the ocean using acoustics

Lead Contact: Kyle M. Becker (