Eleven institutes from the countries bordering the North Sea have joined forces in the Jomopans project to implement a novel monitoring strategy for underwater sound. Due to the growth of human activities in the sea, sound pollution is a growing concern for marine environmental managers. High levels of anthropogenic noise disturb animals, but the integrated impact of noise on the marine ecosystem is largely unknown. In the Joint Monitoring Programme of Ambient Noise in the North Sea (Jomopans) project, a monitoring programme for continuous sound in the North Sea is being developed. It combines numerical propagation modelling and field measurements to obtain high-quality maps of the sound level in the North Sea. These maps will be used to assess the Good Environmental Status in relation to underwater sound.
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