Ocean Acoustics Lab
The research group „Ocean Acoustics” became fully established at the Alfred Wegener Institute in 2004, comprising scientists from the fields of biology, geophysics, physics, oceanography and neurosciences.
Our current interdisciplinary research topics focus on possible effects of man-made sound on marine mammals, with particular emphasis on whales and seals in the Antarctic.
Major projects investigate the interference of scientific sonars and air-guns with the physiology, behaviour and distribution of marine mammals. For these projects, new tools for the detection, localization and identification of whales and seals are being developed, while concurrently developing techniques to minimize sound emissions and their impact on the marine environment.