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Title: NOAA Cetaceans and Sound Project (CetSound)
Short Name: NOAA Cetaceans and Sound Project (CetSound)
Status: In Work

In a January 19, 2010 letter to the President's Council on Environmental Quality, NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco committed to improving the tools used by the agency to evaluate the impacts of human-induced noise on cetacean species. As a result, two data and product-driven working groups were convened in January 2011: the Underwater Sound-field Mapping Working Group and the Cetacean Density and Distribution Mapping Working Group. In May 2012, the working groups presented their products at a Symposium where potential management applications were discussed with a large multi-stakeholder audience.

The NOAA Cetaceans and Sound Project (CetSound) provides a single location where the public, academia, NGOs, and managers and scientists from NOAA and other federal agencies can find the latest data and metadata for cetacean and sound density and distribution.


To provide the best available information on the space/time distribution and density of cetacean species in the US EEZ, as well as the modeled sound fields from anthropgenic sources.

The Cetacean Density and Distribution Mapping Group (CetMap)'s objective is to create regional cetacean density and distribution maps that are time- and species-specific, using survey data and models that estimate density using predictive environmental factors.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None cetacean
None cetsound
None density
None distribution
None model
None sound

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None eez
None exclusive economic zone
None united states

Physical Location

Organization: NMFS Office of Science and Technology
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD
Country: USA

Project Information

Project Type: Project

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 67741
Date Effective From: 2012-07-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Haverland, Timothy J
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8137
Fax: 301-713-4137

Point of Contact

CC ID: 67752
Date Effective From: 2012-07-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Harrison, Jolie
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8420


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 67742


Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 67743
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2012-07-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified



CC ID: 67754

NOAA Cetaceans and Sound website

Technical Environment


The NOAA Cetaceans and Sound project provides png image thumbnails and downloadable data in ESRI shapefile format. All shapefiles contain XML and html-format metadata that adhere to the FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM).

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 12695
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:12695
Metadata Record Created By: Timothy J Haverland
Metadata Record Created: 2012-07-27 10:20+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2015-10-09
Owner Org: OST
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2015-10-09
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2016-10-09