Exploring Underwater Sound in our National Marine Sanctuaries

May 17, 2022

Leila Hatch, Ph.D., Marine Ecologist, Science and Heritage Division, Claire Fackler, National Education Liaison, and Chloe McKenna, Education Intern, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

SanctSound is a three-year project, managed by NOAA and the U.S. Navy, to better understand underwater sound within our national marine sanctuaries. The goal of the SanctSound project is to understand how sound varies in the ocean by collecting the same information in sanctuaries around the United States. SanctSound combines sound data with the other types of observations we make throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System in order to better understand and protect these special places. The SanctSound web portal allows users to explore the sonic features of each sanctuary, and to make comparisons among locations to better understand how similar or different they are from each other. Take a tour of this new portal and the new Ocean Sound and Impact of Noise Resource Collection.