WODA: Workshop on Underwater Sound Related to Dredging

The forthcoming WODA workshop on 26 March 2015, in Paris, is set to offer delegates an opportunity to update on the latest scientific knowledge and learn from the practical experiences of leading international experts in the field of underwater sound. 

The programme for the day will cover all relevant aspects of underwater sound in relation to dredging, CEDA informed.

Dr Frank Thomsen (DHI, Denmark) will set the scene by talking about the risk assessment framework for the investigation of sound impacts.

Dr Christ de Jong (TNO, the Netherlands) will propose an approach for quantifying the sound distribution in the area around the dredger(s) and the sound dose.

Drawing on the results of several recent experimental studies Stephen Robinson (NPL, UK) will describe the characteristics of sound radiated during a variety of dredging operations, and identify the likely sound generation processes.

Dr Douglas Clarke (HDR, USA) will summarize the state of knowledge pertaining to predicted and demonstrated consequences of exposure to dredging sound.

Finally, René Dekeling (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands) will look at the possible implications of new developments in policy and regulation.

The workshop is organised by CEDA, on behalf of WODA, and supported by Cerema (Center for expertise and engineering on risks, urban and country planning, environment and mobility), French Maritime Cluster (CMF), and the French federation of companies working in the maritime field (Tramaf).

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