Ocean Decade Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment


The OD-MAE was proposed as an interagency effort of the United States with the endorsement of the United States National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) in 2022. US Agency involvement includes United States Navy, the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the National Park Service, the Department of Energy, the United States Coast Guard, and the National Science Foundation.

At the time of its formation, anticipated projects within the Progamme were wide-ranging and included a soundscape modeling workshop and validation studies, in-situ observations of sound in the ocean, a formal National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine study on the needs, training, and opportunities in ocean acoustics, a global sound atlas, a public ocean sound data archive, and more. Many of these efforts are underway with partners across the United States federal government, international partners, academia, industry, and NGO’s.

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OD MAE with hosted Projects and Decade Implementing Partner JPI Oceans raised awareness of ocean acoustic efforts in the Decade at the first in person Ocean Decade conference in Barcelona in April, 2024.

Video courtesy of JPI Oceans

In September 2023 OD MAE hosted a workshop bringing together endorsed Projects and the broader ocean acoustics community. This workshop provided inspiration to create an engaging exhibit during Ocean Decade week in Barcelona.

Check out the event: Ocean Sound 2023 Virtual Workshop

Read the publication in the Marine Technology Society Journal about the OD-MAE: https://doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.56.3.9

Read the report from the 2022 kick-off Ocean Sound Decade Workshop: http://10.5281/zenodo.6959039

Read the ASA lay language paper about the importance of acoustics for climate change: https://acoustics.org/putting-ocean-acoustics-on-the-stage-to-address-climate-change/

Link to Abstract: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0018031

Listen to the message from the OD-MAE’s Early Career Ocean Professionals Dr. Elizabeth Weidner and Dr. Alex Padilla: