Did Ocean Noise Levels Change During the Pandemic?

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Granite Geek

An international development team, led by Jen Miksis-Olds, has created MANTA (Making Ambient Noise Trends Accessible) Software to process sound data collected from the world’s oceans and help researchers understand the global sea soundscape dynamics, including the impact of COVID-19 when travel and economic slowdowns put a halt to human activities in the ocean. MANTA will be used to look at the effects of COVID-19 when human activities in the ocean, like shipping, fishing and recreational crafts essentially stopped, creating a unique opportunity for a time-series study of the impacts of sound on ocean soundscapes and marine life.