|Topic:||Marine Mammals and Low-Frequency Sound: Progress Since 1994|
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
The National Research Council
Committee on Geosciences, Environment and Resources
Ocean Studies Board
Tuesday, May 30, 2000 - 2:00 p.m.
253 Russell Senate Office Building
Marine Mammals and Low-Frequency Sound: Progress Since 1994
The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is generating and monitoring sound waves off the coast of Hawaii and California and placing receivers around the Pacific Rim to detect ocean temperatures. But these sound waves might be interfering with the low-frequency sound that whales, seals, and fish use to communicate and sense their environments. This report, by the National Academies' Committee to Review Results of ATOC's Marine Mammal Research Program, evaluates the research program established by the agency to examine the effects of the sound waves on marine mammals.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 3, 2000 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.