Monitoring underwater sound is critical for evaluating potential environmental effects of marine renewable energy projects. Yet, underwater noises generated by marine and hydrokinetic energy devices, mammals, boats, and fish are often poorly characterized. At the 13th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) held in Naples, Italy, on September 1–6, Integral scientist Kaustubha Raghukumar, Ph.D. will present research on NoiseSpotter—an environmental monitoring system that cost-effectively characterizes, classifies, and provides accurate location information for underwater sounds.
On Tuesday, September 3, Dr. Raghukumar will deliver a platform presentation titled “NoiseSpotter: A rapidly deployable acoustic monitoring and localization system,” coauthored by Grace Chang, Ph.D., Frank W. Spada, and Craig A. Jones, Ph.D. Improvements have been made to NoiseSpotter over its 2-year development process to obtain the highest quality data while maintaining its ease of deployment. In this presentation, Dr. Raghukumar will describe the technological features of NoiseSpotter and its ability to localize the source of underwater sounds. NoiseSpotter’s compact sensor array measures sound and locates sound sources in near real-time, supporting environmental impact assessment of noise effects from marine renewable energy installations for offshore energy projects.
EWTEC will feature presentations on ocean renewable energy topics such as hydrodynamic modeling, resource characterization, device development and testing, environmental impacts, and much more. Learn more about the conference.