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Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;875:145-52. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_17.

Addressing Challenges in Studies of Behavioral Responses of Whales to Noise.

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1
Maritime Division, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Institute of Marine Science, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, 44, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009, Australia. doug.cato@syndey.edu.au.
2
Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD, 4343, Australia. r.dunlop@uq.edu.au.
3
Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD, 4343, Australia. mnoad@uq.edu.au.
4
Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA, 6845, Australia. R.McCauley@cmst.curtin.edu.au.
5
School of Engineering, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, 2308, Australia. Eric.Kniest@newcastle.edu.au.
6
Blue Planet Marine, Canberra, ACT, 2614, Australia. Dave.Paton@blueplanetmarine.com.
7
Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Gatton, QLD, 4343, Australia. a.kavanagh@uq.edu.au.

Abstract

Studying the behavioral response of whales to noise presents numerous challenges. In addition to the characteristics of the noise exposure, many factors may affect the response and these must be measured and accounted for in the analysis. An adequate sample size that includes matching controls is crucial if meaningful results are to be obtained. Field work is thus complicated, logistically difficult, and expensive. This paper discusses some of the challenges and how they are being met in a large-scale multiplatform project in which humpback whales are exposed to the noise of seismic air guns.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioral response; Impacts of noise; Seismic; Underwater noise; Whales

PMID:
26610954
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_17
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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