Bioacoustical oceanography is the application of underwater acoustics to investigations of biological patterns and processes in the sea. This field of research has been traditionally divided into two distinct groups of investigators: (1) Those who study the sounds produced by marine organisms; and (2) Those who produce sounds and listen to the returning echoes to study the distributions of marine organisms. An important part of this research field is understanding ways in which man-made underwater sounds may disrupt migration and behavior patterns of marine mammals and other ocean fauna.
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- Physical Oceanography Index
- C. H. Greene, K. M. Fristrup, T. K. Stanton, R. Gisiner, and R. C. Tipper. Bioacoustical oceanography: an introduction. DSR II, 45:1151–1153, 1998.