Science symposia

Marine Ecosystem Acoustics

Observing the ocean interior across scales in support of integrated management

24-28 May 2015
Nantes, France

​Marine ecosystem acoustics is an approach that utilizes acoustics as the primary tool for understanding, assessing, and monitoring marine ecosystems. The approach holds the potential of becoming a principal contributor to operational Ecosystem Based Management (EBM). It is part of the strategy to move towards integrated management within ICES, but also elsewhere. The potential of marine ecosystem acoustics cannot be realized without systematic cross disciplinary interactions and cooperation within fields such as fisheries acoustics, physics, engineering, biology, oceanography, ecology, and ecosystem modelling. The ability of acoustics to resolve ecosystem processes at the spatio-temporal scales at which they occur fosters improved and new ecosystem understanding, such as. quantification of physical forcing and biological responses, and patterns in prey-predator distribution and interactions, which are a prerequisite for EBM.

The Symposium will review and discuss recent developments in acoustic methods and technologies used to characterize and manage marine and freshwater ecosystems. Particular emphasis will be placed on technologies used to measure diverse aspects of the aquatic environment, techniques for data analysis, and the integration of multiple data sets to elucidate functional ecological relationships and processes. Contemporary challenges and future directions of these objectives will be identified.


Tom Weber (USA)

Nils Olav Handegard (Norway)

Verena Trenkel (France)

Important dates

15 March 2014         Abstract submission opens

19 December 2014  Abstract submission closes

10 January 2015       Notification of acceptance date

28 February 2015     Early registration deadline

17 April 2015            Conference schedule online

30 June 2015            Manuscript submission


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