NOAA/NMFS Publish Third Peer Review Report for Draft Acoustic Guidance

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service has published its Peer Review Report: Technical Section from: NOAA Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Marine Mammal Hearing: Underwater Acoustic Threshold Levels for Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shift.

 The Peer reviewers are Robert Burkard, Ph.D., University at Buffalo; Peter Dahl, Ph.D., Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington; Colleen Reichmuth, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz; and Kevin Williams, Ph.D., Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington.

NOAA/NMFS did not request that the peer reviewers evaluate the entire Acoustic Guidance document but instead a particular, brief (15 page) technical section relating to the Acoustic Guidance’s proposed application of impulsive and non-impulsive PTS acoustic threshold levels based on physical characteristics at the source and how those characteristics change with range. This technical section appears within the main Acoustic Guidance, as well as within an associated appendix.

This is NOAA/NMFS’ third peer review report of the draft Acoustic Guidance.

Click here for this Peer Review Report.

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