SCAR Bulletin, No.204, February 2021
Anthropogenic Noise in the Southern Ocean: an Update
Questions regarding the impacts of underwater noise on Antarctic marine wildlife have been of interest to the CEP for more than two decades. SCAR has been an active participant and contributor to these discussions, first submitting a review of the state-of-knowledge to the Committee in 2000. Since that time SCAR has convened workshops and made further submission to the CEP (see pdf ATCM41_ip028_e (172 KB) for details)
More recently, in response to further requests from the CEP, SCAR initiated a comprehensive process to update the current state of knowledge on underwater noise.
An Information Paper documenting progress was submitted to the CEP in 2018 ( pdf ATCM41_ip028_e (172 KB) ). The process culminated in two submissions to the 2019 CEP, the comprehensive Background Paper (ATCM XLII-CEP XXII pdf BP003: Anthropogenic Noise in the Southern Ocean: an Update (811 KB) – this SCAR Bulletin), which supported the Working Paper ( pdf WP 68 Anthropogenic Noise in the Southern Ocean: an Update (143 KB) )