Ocean acidification: Implications to underwater acoustics

Increasing absorption of carbon dioxide into world’s oceans has caused seawater to become more acidic and warmer. In addition to many other consequences this will potentially have an impact on the propagation of sound in the ocean. Increasing acidity in seawater is bound to decrease the attenuation of sound and will result in better propagation conditions for sound. It has been observed that increased shipping has caused an increase in the ambient noise levels in the ocean and lower attenuations caused by ocean acidification could magnify this increase in noise levels. Increasing noise levels in the world’s ocean and its impact on marine environment including marine mammals will continue to attract the attention of underwater acousticians.

Potty, G. R., 2009. Ocean acidification: Implications to underwater acoustics. 2009 International Symposium on Ocean Electronics (SYMPOL) doi:10.1109/SYMPOL.2009.5664163. Article (subscription required).

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  1. 1 Judy 13 January 2011 at 01:03

    I was planning on using this article for my research paper on Ocean Acidification but its not helpful to me as a student to see only part of the article when to see the rest you must have a subscription! This is a very interesting article and would love to be able to see the whole article! Please take me as a student into consideration with these subscriptions!
    Thank you!


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