National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Mission

Record and measure geophysical, biological, meteorological, cryogenic and anthropogenic sound sources throughout the global ocean using innovative acoustic technologies and sensor platforms to characterize ocean soundscapes that inform stakeholders and the public on the health of marine ecosystems.

What's New

May 21, 2020
A master's student sitting in front of a computer looking at sound spectrogram on a computer from

Zoe Rand, currently a master’s student at St. Andrews University, analyzing acoustic data last summer. Zoe was working with Samara Haver and the PMEL Acoustics Program in Newport to analyze whale vocalizations in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Samara Haver (OSU/NOAA PMEL).

May 21, 2020
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