Jomopans: monitoring ambient noise of the North Sea project

Jomopans: monitoring ambient noise of the North Sea project

The aim of the Joint Monitoring Programme for Ambient Noise in the North Sea project (Jomopans) is to develop a framework for a fully operational joint monitoring programme for ambient sound in the North Sea.

Keeping a close eye on the well-being of marine animals

Noise is omnipresent underwater. Waves, weather and animals, as well as shipping and construction, all produce sound. Yet, the noise from the latter sources can potentially have negative effects on vulnerable marine animals. The countries of the North Sea Region are concerned about this and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires that those countries involved, address the issue collectively.

Jomopans adopts an innovative combination of computational modelling and state-of-the-art measurements at sea to implement a joint monitoring programme for ambient noise in the North Sea. It studies the effectiveness of various options for reducing these environmental effects through coordinated control measures for the entire North Sea Region.

The project will produce the tools necessary for managers, planners and other stakeholders to incorporate the effects of ambient noise in their assessment of the environmental status of the North Sea. Additionally, the program enables the development of measures to improve the environment.

After a very successful project it was decided in June 2021 to extend Jomopans for 1 year. In this year further analysis on the data will be done, especially whether a drop in shipping activities by Covid-19 also shows in the underwater noise levels. The extra year will also be used to embed the methods into a regular monitoring programme.

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European programme

Interreg North Sea Region VB

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