The Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate program is composed of two complementary enviromental initiatives:
- to gather information about temperatures in the ocean using acoustic tomography to verify the predictions of existing climate models; and
- to assess the potential effects of low frequency sound transmissions on marine mammals and sea turtles through its Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) component.
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Two acoustic sources were placed: (a) one north of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands and (b) a second on a seamount off of the coast of central California. Acoustic signatures of these sources were evaluated at listening stations within the Christmas islands and the Hawaiian Islands.