The Mars Database – Source Levels Measured for the Fleet Navigating the St. Lawrence Estuary

Authors

  • Pierre Mercure-Boissonnault Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Pierre Cauchy Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Faniry Fitiavana Rabetoandro Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Cédric Gervaise Chaire CHORUS, Foundation of Grenoble Institute of Technology, FR
  • Guillaume St-Onge Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Jeanne Mérindol Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Cécile Perrier de la Bathie Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Hugo Catineau Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Université du Québec à Rimouski, CA
  • Sylvain Lafrance Innovation Maritime,

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Abstract

It is assumed within the oceanographic community that anthropogenic noise can affect negatively a wide variety of marine species. To better assess its main source, the shipping noise, the MARS (Marine Acoustic Research Station) station consisting of vertical hydrophone arrays was deployed in the St-Lawrence Estuary along the upstream shipping lane. The station was designed to allow high quality measurement of the ships source levels following the ANSI/ASA S12.64-2009 and ISO-17208-1 standards. It is part of the MARS project which aims to study shipping noise both underwater and onboard ships and to propose reduction methods. Since 2021, a database of over 1000 acoustic signatures have been collected, including 173 high-resolution signatures from partner ships that followed an optimized trajectory for the acoustic measurements. This database will be used by governmental authorities, such as Transports Canada, for decision making regarding the shipping noise and by the scientific community for research purposes.

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Published

2023-10-09

How to Cite

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Mercure-Boissonnault P, Cauchy P, Rabetoandro FF, Gervaise C, St-Onge G, Mérindol J, Perrier de la Bathie C, Catineau H, Lafrance S. The Mars Database – Source Levels Measured for the Fleet Navigating the St. Lawrence Estuary. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2023 Oct. 9 [cited 2024 May 27];51(3):236-7. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/4111

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Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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