Higgins, Lorraine D.
WASH / Washington, DC, Project Center
US Coast Guard
Acoustic pollution is endangering marine life both physically and psychologically. Of the many sources of marine acoustic pollution, our team focused on the constant noise from commercial shipping. In collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, we reviewed professional and academic literature and interviewed experts in acoustic pollution. We identified and analyzed 33 methods that have the potential to reduce vessel noise based on six criteria: cost, noise reduction effectiveness, availability, implementation, maintainability, and efficiency. We determined that most methods were designed for efficiency, but also had the potential to reduce noise. To optimize these methods, they must be considered in the early design stages of new vessels.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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