Science Notes 2020

The ocean is vast and full of sounds. Many are naturally occurring while others are anthropogenic (man‐made). When these anthropogenic sounds are unwanted, we call them noise. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) manages energy and mineral resource development on the Outer Continental Shelf subject to environmental safeguards, and noise is high on the list of issues we need to understand and address to protect ocean life.  

December 2020

This month's Science Note announces the creation of BOEM's new Center for Marine Acoustics, an initiative that will strengthen BOEM's role as a driving force within the regulatory community on sound in the marine environment.

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