International Quiet Ocean Experiment

University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Established: 2011

Organisation type: Programme
Geographical scope: Global
Member countries:
Participating countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

Organisation’s mission:

To assess global sound characteristics in the ocean, determine whether there are trends in sound characteristics, and test the hypothesis that changes in sound characteristics affect marine habitats and species in ways that cause significant changes in their populations.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

To answer the following fundamental questions:
1. How have human activities affected the global ocean soundscape compared with natural
changes over geologic time?
2. What are the current levels and distribution of anthropogenic sound in the ocean?
3. What are the trends in anthropogenic sound levels across the global ocean?
4. What are the current effects of anthropogenic sound on important marine animal populations?
5. What are the potential future effects of sound on marine life?


  • acoustics/bioacoustics
  • ocean sound
  • regulation
  • soundscapes
  • standardisation


  • Data management, interoperability, sharing, access, open data policies
  • Providing scientific advice for policy makers
  • Science coordination