Project: Underwater acoustic calibration standards for frequencies below 1 kHz

The expansion of offshore activities such as oil and gas exploration, together with the rapid increase in commercial shipping traffic, has raised concerns about the environmental impact of man-made noise on marine life. In response, the EU has introduced legislation designed to limit the impact of such noise – for example, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive mandates that all member states with oceans undertake monitoring to assess and manage noise from ship traffic. To support the implementation of this and similar legislation, Europe needs an improved metrology framework to underpin the accurate measurement of underwater noise, for which traceability is currently lacking. This project will directly address this need by providing traceable calibration methods for devices used to monitor underwater noise, covering a range of frequencies vital to their effective operation, and ensure a coordinated approach to underwater acoustics across Europe.

Acronym 15RPT02 UNAC-LOW (Reference Number: 15RPT02)
Duration 01/05/2016 - 01/05/2019
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR CALL 2015

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu Coordinator Turkey
2 Dansk Fundamental Metrologi A/S Partner Denmark
3 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
4 Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Partner Italy
5 Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut Partner Sweden
6 Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale Partner Italy