Measuring Changes in Ambient Noise Levels from the Installation and Operation of a Wave Energy Converter in the Coastal Ocean

Lead PIs: Dr. Sarah K. Henkel and Dr. Joe Haxel, Oregon State University
Start Year: 2013 | Duration: 3
Partners: Columbia Power Technologies

The project team will deploy seafloor mounted and autonomous drifting hydrophones to monitor noise levels before, during, and after testing of a wave energy conversion (WEC) device at NNMREC ocean test facility off Newport, Oregon. This project hopes to increase understanding of noise produced by WEC devices under a range of environmental conditions, inform risk modeling efforts, and provide relative comparison of WEC produced noise to ambient and other anthropogenic noise sources.


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