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Sea Mammals and Sonar Symposium

The two-day Sea Mammals and Sonar Symposium was held at St.Andrews University, 27-28 October 2015.

Background and original invitation of the symposium is available. Below is a table reflecting all presentations of the symposium. Also a PDF-file of the programme is available.  

If you click on the titles below, a PDF-copy of each presentation will be opened. Some presentations have been slightly modified in order to be available for public release. However, all the presentations are copyrighted by the authors, and for using any of the material the authors should be contacted. These presentations will be available on this website until the end of 2016. We thank all presenters and authors for contributing to a very inspiring event!

Sea Mammals and Sonar Symposium -- day 1

Welcome & introduction Patrick Miller
Session 1: background and context
Effects of sonar and role of experimental studies Peter Tyack
Sonar & marine mammals: future focuses Sarah Dolman
A naval perspective Mike Weise
A regulator perspective René Dekeling
Session 2: Overview of BRS studies at sea
Overview of 3S-project in Norwegian waters Petter Kvadsheim
Overview of SOCAL-BRS project off California Peter Tyack
The challenges of analyzing behavioural response study data Catriona Harris
BRS with porpoises in Danish waters Jakob Tougaard
Session 3: Key outcomes of 3S study
Use of dose-escalation experiments to derive dose-response functions Patrick Miller
Effect of sonar on a whale prey species Lise Sivle
Effects of sonar transmissions and killer whale playbacks on sperm whale behaviour states Saana Isojunno
Effects of sonar on social behaviour Fleur Visser
Comparing behavioural responses of cetaceans to naval sonar versus killer whale playbacks Charlotte Curé
Session 4: Application of BRS results in impact assessments and management
Introduction - relevance of scientific results Frans-Peter Lam
Implementation of science into management tools Sander von Benda-Beckmann
The use of behavioral response study data in the development of behavioral risk functions for the US Navy Elizabeth Henderson
Does ramp-up reduce risk to marine mammals Paul Wensveen

Sea Mammals and Sonar Symposium -- day 2

Welcome Prof J Derek Woollins FRSE FRSC Cchem, St.Andrews University
Session 1: additional science input for mitigation
Startle reflex physiology in odontocetes: implications for mitigating the effect of pulsed noise sources Thomas Götz
TTS and behavioral response studies with harbor porpoises related to naval sonar: Use of results for regulation & mitigation Ronald Kastelein
The challenge of real-time mitigation Natacha Aguilar de    Soto
Session 2: naval perspectives on BRS and data gaps
Introduction chair
USA Ronald Filipowicz & Jene Nissen
Norway Petter Kvadsheim
The Netherlands René Dekeling
UK Roderick Jones
France Odile Gerard
Germany Stefan Ludwig
Denmark Darja Poleshuk
Sweden Mathias Andersson
Sound & Marine    Life -- An industry perspective on the need for research Paul Shone

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