Underwater Sound Forum
The Underwater Sound Forum (USF) is one of the working groups of the UK Government’s Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) and was first formed in 2004. Membership of the Forum contains representatives from key stakeholders within the UK marine and maritime community (Government, academic, NGO and industry) with 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.
Access to good underwater noise data is fundamental to the study of its effects in the marine environment. This 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 (MEDIN).