Researchers

Chris Bassett

Research Assistant

AIRS Department

APL-UW

Jim Thomson

Principal Oceanographer

AIRS Department

APL-UW

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sound Sounds

Listening to the Undersea Noise in Puget Sound

By all objective measures, Puget Sound is a noisy place. And this is due to the amount of vessel traffic in the area.

Noise can interfere with marine mammals — their ability to communicate with themselves or to forage and hunt for prey. All the complex tasks they perform are done with sound.

If we limit their ability to hear, we're limiting their ability to perform.

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