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Environmental Considerations and Protection of Marine Wildlife

28th February, 2023 | 1 minute read
By Mike Calvert, Geophysical Product Manager

Michael joined applied acoustics in July 2020 as a geophysical product manager. He works closely with our product engineers developing, testing and trialling our latest geophysical products.

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Offshore engineering projects can cover a range of applications; oil and gas operations, carbon storage, resource mapping/management and the construction of renewable energy projects such as offshore wind farms. Geophysical surveys always form an essential part of any project’s life cycle and safe execution.

Although essential, these surveys must always be designed and carried-out in a way that is as sympathetic as possible to sea life and the marine environment. If not, survey activities particularly seismic surveys, could result in damaging effects on wildlife. Damaging effects that can range from minor behavioural disruptions, to in extreme cases; permanent physical damage.

In our latest white paper, we review environmental protection standards in the UK, Europe (EU) and the USA, considering how the noise levels of our seismic sources compare to these standards.

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