Sound In The Sea: Building A Cross-Sector Consensus On Gaps In Science

2017-02-01T15:06:45+00:00 October 28, 2016|

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Convenes Industry Forum To Improve Understanding Of Ocean Noise

This is not a new issue, but it’s a very important one. As we increase activities in, on, and around the ocean, noise will also increase, and we must consider the implications of these activities. I am pleased with the progress we made in teasing out specific steps and actions to move forward and do good for both the ocean and industry that prospers from a healthy and productive ocean. I look forward to continuing this dialogue with these and other partners to inform science-based decision making around sound in the sea.”

-Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO RADM Jon White

When it comes to controversial topics in today’s society, bringing together people with disparate views can be a challenge. Yesterday, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership did just that, gathering a diverse group of more than 100 stakeholders to hold a constructive and collaborative conversation around the topic of Sound in the Sea.   

While the forum included several panel discussions, each panelist spoke for only a few minutes to ensure the majority of time was open for conversation and questions among all stakeholders, which included representatives from academia, oil and gas companies, technological groups, environmental nonprofits, the Navy, federal agency staff, and more. The opening panels dealt with defining and measuring the ocean acoustic environment, which involved conversations about technologies, programs, and knowledge gaps. This was followed with a dialogue on the future ocean workforce that centered on what industry, government, and universities can do to produce geoscience graduates who are better prepared to enter the workforce.

The final panel focused on resolving conflict and building consensus to provide decision-makers and the broader ocean community with specific recommendations to ensure our ocean remains healthy and productive for all. After finding mutual interests and recalling effective partnerships, participants listed topics they agreed upon (such as the international scope of ocean noise) then identified scientific, regulatory, and educational gaps necessary to fill to move forward. Recommendations from the group will be available and released to the broader community in the coming weeks.