Developing human activity at sea opens up new possibilities for the global economy, but increases environmental pressures. However, developing use of the sea in harmony with marine ecosystems is a major challenge.

Quiet-Oceans meets that challenge by providing manufacturers, environmental research consultancies, public bodies and marine mammal protection organizations, with solutions for ocean noise forecasting, monitoring and reducing anthropogenic noise impact.

Quiet-Oceans works in partnership with the research community to help understanding the impact of underwater anthropogenic noise on aquatic life.

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Coastal Ocean Noise Service in support to the impact assessment of Offshore Windfarms in the Mediterranean Sea

Towards the accurate assessment of the underwater noise impact of floating wind farms
How to represent the invisible marine pollution that is underwater noise, a major threat to marine species? Underwater noise mapping is the solution that Quiet-Oceans have developed and brought to the highest standard in the World by connecting Shom’s HYCOM3D ​coastal oceanographic model with Quiet-Oceans’ Quonops noise ​mapping platform.
To offer the highest quality of underwater noise modelling in coastal areas, Quiet-Oceans and Shom are joining forces in the Coastal Ocean Noise Service project with the support of Copernicus Marine Service.
This project is based on the integration of the HYCOM3D oceanographic model output provided by Shom into the noise modelling platform Quonops© operated by Quiet-Oceans. The Mediterranean HYCOM3D regional configuration describe physical processes that take place in coastal zones (e.g. as tidal fronts, fluvial plume, tides and internal waves, upwellings and mixed layer dynamics, etc.), notably by considering the tide and river inputs. This configuration allows to model with high resolution the currents, temperature and salinity distributions. This configuration provides hourly temporal frequency and a high spatial resolution up to 1.8 km.
Coastal marine habitats will therefore be better protected from underwater noise pollution
This Use Case is funded by the Copernicus Marine Service User Engagement Programme 2022-2028.


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