Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Ocean Decade Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment (UN-MAE)

Interagency Working Group for Ocean Sound and Marine Life

Programme, Skills, knowledge and technology for all

Sound is a persistent yet dynamic component of the maritime environment reflecting both physical and biological properties and phenomenology that define oceanography. Understanding sound in the ocean is critical to support users of, and life within, the ocean.

The UN Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment will establish a comprehensive science-based program aimed at measuring and objectively characterizing underwater acoustic environments – the physical, biological and anthropogenic – at regional to global scales. It will foster new scientific knowledge, technologies, approaches to data collection and dissemination that facilitate the use of sound for analyzing, evaluating and predicting ocean-life systems.