Southwest Acoustic Ecology Lab
Using sound to understand and protect marine mammals throughout the California Current Ecosystem
Sound travels exceptionally well in the ocean (much better than light!), and marine mammals have evolved to use sound to interact with their environment. They may echolocate to find food, sing songs to find mates, or listen carefully to avoid predators such as killer whales. Scientists, too, use sound to learn more about these animals and their marine environment.
Use Ocean Sound to:
- Study the distribution and behavior of marine mammals
- Understand the biological and man made contributions to the ocean soundscape
- Examine the potential impact of noise on marine mammals
- Engage in Research & Development to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of data collection and analysis
- Encourage community participation in our science!
Learn More About Our Science
- ADRIFT in the California Current Project
- Free & Open Software for Acoustics (FOSSA)
- Citizen Science, Education and Outreach
- Science Blog: Sound Bytes
- Interactive Science Exploration Map