JPI Oceans agenda includes underwater noise and aims to support Marine Strategic Framework Directive on the implementation of Descriptor 11
Last year was held in Brussels the first workshop on underwater noise under the umbrella of the JPI Oceans initiative. The workshop was aimed at promoting a cross-disciplinary integration of different sectors of the scientific research community focusing on a problem of the underwater noise on the marine environment with relevant scientific value, relevance for national regulatory frameworks, and impact on the public perception of the relations between human activities in the sea.
JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform that strives to increase the impact of national investments in marine and maritime research and innovation.
By joining forces, JPI Oceans focuses on long-term collaboration between EU Member States, Associated Countries and international partners. The platform provides its member countries with a shared voice, strategic agenda and action plan to address complex ocean-related societal challenges that cannot be solved at national level.
JPI Oceans adds to the value of national research and innovation investments by aligning national priorities and implementing joint actions.
In supporting research and innovation JPI Oceans is helping to ensure society has better knowledge of the seas and oceans, and the potential for sustainable blue growth and jobs whilst also addressing the challenges of climate change and human impact on the ocean.
After the identification of research gaps in technology, state of knowledge of the impact of noise, sound propagation and measurements and needs for the implementation of regulatory framework in Europe that resulted from the January 2019 workshop a second workshop was held in Rome this last January.
This time the experts has worked on identify the priorities which will lead to structuring or enabling actions, reinforcing the idea of the need of standardized data collection the reduction of stress by reducing insertion of anthropogenic noise and energy into the marine soundscape by improving mitigation strategies and a consensus on mitigation measures.