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

November 20, 2019
Picture of a Teledyne Webb Research Slocum glider equipped with a hydrophone to record ocean sound.

Ocean gliders are a quiet and efficient mobile autonomous platform for passive acoustic monitoring and oceanographic measurements in remote marine environments. Researchers equppied a Teledyne Webb Research Slocum glider with a hydrophone to record sound along the US Pacific Northwest coast. 

November 20, 2019

NOAA and Oregon State University researchers have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the ocean, published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

“Healthy marine ecosystems need to have noise levels within...

In the News

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