Underwater Sound Forum

The Underwater Sound Forum (USF) is a sub-group of the UK Government’s Marine Science Co-ordination Committee. The Forum is made up of representatives of the key stakeholders within the UK marine and maritime community (Government, academic, NGO and industry) that have an interest in how the UK manages the issue of underwater sound in the science, technology, policy and legal areas. While the focus of the USF is UK-centric, the Forum recognises that the problem of underwater sound and its impact on the marine environment is international in its regulation and can be global in its impact. The USF has been in existence since 2004.

The USF is currently focusing its attention on the following key underwater sound topics:

  •  Guidelines for the measurement of Ambient Noise
  • The characterisation of piling noise and guidelines for its measurement
  • The characterisation of marine aggregate extraction noise and guidelines for its measurement
  • Shipping Noise
  • Investigations into the proposed EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Good Environmental Status Indicator Number 11 - Underwater Noise and other forms of Energy

Enquiries regarding the Underwater Sound Forum can be made to Anne Brazier.

Visit the data discovery portal to access underwater sound data and information

Access to good underwater noise data is fundamental to the study of its effects in the marine environment. The following paper, which considers the current position of the management of noise data in the UK, has been produced by the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network.

Management of Underwater Sound Data in the UK (361 KB)

The following UK organisations are stakeholders in the USF:

Ace Aquatec
AdBm Technologies
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
AHTI Group
Atlas ElektroniK
Aquatec Group

BAE Integrated System Technologies

Baker Consultants

Bangor University
BP Exploration
British Antarctic Survey
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Oceanographic Data Centre
Butterfly Conservation
Carbon Trust
Chelsea Technologies Group
Chickerell BioAcoustics
Continental Shelf Associates
Cranfield University
The Crown Estate
CSA Ocean Sciences
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
DHI Group
Dong Energy
Edinburgh Napier University
Environment Agency
European Marine Energy Centre
Exploration Technology Limited
Fugro EMU
GoBe Consultants
HR Wallingford
Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Italy
Instrument Concepts
Institute of Acoustics
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
Institute of Zoology Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme
International Association of Geophysical Contractors
International Oil and Gas Producers Association
J and S Limited
Jasco Applied Sciences

Kate Liddell Consulting
Lloyds Register Consulting
Loughborough University
Loughine Limited
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology
Marine Connection

Marine Consulting
Marine Management Organisation
Marine Science Co-ordination Committee
Marine Scotland
Marine Strandings Network
Met Office
Ministry of Defence
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu
National Oceanography Centre
National Physical Laboratory
Natural England
Natural Resources Wales
Ocean Acoustic Development
Oil and Gas Producers
Oil and Gas UK
Otto von Guericke Universitat Magdeburg
Planet Ocean
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
RED Scientific
Royal Navy
RPS Group

SALT Limited
Scottish Agricultural College
Scottish Association for Marine Science
Scottish Government
Scottish Natural Heritage
Sea Mammal Research Unit
Swale Technologies
Swansea University
The Wildlife Trusts
Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office
University of Bristol
University of East Anglia
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Hull
University of Limerick
University of Plymouth
University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
University of St Andrews
Whale and Dolphin Conservation
Wildlife and Countryside Link
Worley Parsons Komex