Beneficiaries

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The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)                                                                   
The Finnish Environment Institute (also known as SYKE, after the Institute’s Finnish acronym) is both a research institute, and a centre for environmental expertise. SYKE’s research focuses on changes in the environment, and seeks ways to control these changes. Our expertise is based on long-term environmental monitoring, wide-ranging research results, and the Institute’s highly-qualified staff.

Multi-disciplinary research into environmental issues
SYKE’s research programmes assess environmental problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective, by integrating socio-economic considerations into scientific research. Research may focus on global environmental issues such as climate change and declining biodiversity, or on regional or local issues.

Expert help on environmental problems
SYKE’s expert services can provide vital expert assistance on a wide-range of environmental issues for administrators, local authorities,industries, firms and other organisations. We can produce detailed environmental assessments drawing on expertise from many fields. SYKE also closely monitors environmental trends and the state of the environment in Finland in co-operation with regional environmental administration.

Information and co-operation
SYKE serves as the national centre for environmental data in Finland. The data stored in our information systems is widely used for environmental monitoring, environmental modelling, forecasting and impact analysis. SYKE co-operates closely with other research institutes, universities, environmental experts and businesses, both in Finland and internationally.


Point of contact:
Ms. Aira Saloniemi,
Tel: +358 400 148875
E-mail: aira.saloniemi@ymparisto.fi
Homepage: http://www.syke.fi/en-US

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TUT

Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Mechanics
TUT Department of Mechanics is an education and research institution of TUT Faculty of Civil Engineering. Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) is Estonian technical university of international scope that provides high-level research education in broad range of engineering and natural sciences. The history of TUT goes back to 1918. TUT Department of Mechanics includes three chairs: technical mechanics, hydro- and aeromechanics and applied mechanics. Department provides teaching in engineering, bachelor’s, masters and doctoral levels. Department is involved in the engineering R&D activities such as:

  • Acoustics
  • Coastal and hydraulic engineering
  • Drinking- and Storm-Water networks design, optimization and analysis
  • Environmental hydraulics
  • Marine structural analysis and limit state assessment
  • Non-destructive acoustical evaluation of thin-walled structures


Point of contact:
Janek Laanearu
E-mail: janek.laanearu@ttu.ee
Homepage: http://www.ttu.ee/ehitusteaduskond/mehaanikainstituut-4/

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FOI is an assignment-based authority under the Swedish Ministry of Defence.
The core activities are research, method and technology development, as well as studies for the use of defence and security. The organisation employs around 1000 people of whom around 850 are researchers (2011). FOI provides its customers with leading expertise in a large number of fields such as security-policy studies and analyses in defence and security, assessment of different types of threats, systems for control and management of crises, protection against and management of hazardous substances, IT-security and the potential of new sensors.

In the field of underwater research, FOI is working on the development of marine reconnaissance and surveillance systems that, among other things, can be used both for countering threats and the prevention of criminal activity. The scope of the research has now been widened from strictly military applications such as submarine hunting, port surveillance and protection against mines, to include a whole range of civil applications, for example oil prospecting, pipeline inspection or the investigation of the effects of noise in the underwater environment. By combining different research methods in the form of simulation and modelling, signal processing and analysis with experimental research, FOI has created a unique body of competence in such areas as the underwater environment, acoustics and electromagnetics. Because of Sweden’s position in the Baltic we have long experience of working in shallow water and the special conditions that exist there.


Point of contact:
Peter Sigray
E-mail: peters@foi.se
Homepage: http://www.foi.se

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FRUG

FRUG
Foundation for the Development of Gdansk University
The principal aim of the Foundation is to support the activity and promote the development of Gdańsk University. This aim is achieved through assistance, both material and financial, lent to the University as well as co-operation with the University’s departments.
The Foundation aim raises funds for the accomplishment of its goals primarily from its own activity, but also, to a smaller extent from donations and voluntary contributions offered by various public institutions, firms and enterprises.

The Foundation conducts statutory and commercial activity. The main areas of the Foundation’s activity comprise:

  • Teaching and training,
  • Research expertise and consultancy,
  • Physico-Chemical investigations,
  • Publishing and printing services.

The Foundation has licence to conduct editorial activity in its own name and has been placed on the list of the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s experts in the field of nature and air protection and protection from noise. The Foundation conducts scientific investigations and provides expert advice to enterprises, research institutions and public administration bodies. It organizes conferences, symposia and research work-shops on various subjects. It co-organizes language courses and certificate examinations. The Foundation provides organizational and financial support to student research circles and promotes student cultural and sporting activity. It offers Ph.D. scholarships to the University’s post-graduate students.

The Foundation for the Development of Gdańsk University
(Office)Polanki Street 66, 80-306 Gdańsk, Poland


Point of contact:
Jaroslaw Tegowski
Tel: +48 58/ 552 03 53
Fax: +48 58/ 552 37 06
E-mail: j.tegowski@ug.edu.pl, frug@univ.gda.pl
Homepage: http://www.frug.ug.edu.pl/

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Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience has a long tradition for research in marine bioacoustics and the environmental impact of anthropogenic noise in the marine environment. Bioacoustic research at the department covers the entire range from basic understanding of hearing, sound production and echolocation to behavioural reactions of marine mammals to underwater noise. Department of Bioscience is the primary advisor to the Danish Nature and Energy Agencies on issues of underwater noise, impact of offshore activities on marine mammals and conservation and management of marine mammals in general. The department is also primary advisor to the Greenland Government on issues relating to impact of oil, gas and mining activities on marine mammals.


Point of contact:
Jakob Tougaard
E-mail: jat@dmu.dk

Homepage: http://bios.au.dk/en/

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SDU

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The bioacoustic research group at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Institute of Biology, focuses on comparative studies of sound production, reception, acoustic behaviour, and sound communication of animals living in both air and under water. The underwater acoustic group consists of one faculty member (Magnus Wahlberg ) and a professor emeritus (Lee Miller). Their reserach mainly concerns biosonar in toothed whales but also the reaction of aquatic animals to antrhopogenic noise. Magnus has also great experience from international working groups concerning marine animals and noise. The marine biological research centre of SDU in Kerteminde is next to Fjord&Bælt, an outreach and reserach center focusing on the lcoal marine environment, and keeping four harbour porpoises for scientific reseacrh and outreach.


Point of contact:
Magnus Wahlberg
E-mail magnus@biology.sdu.dk
Homepage: http://www.sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/I_Biologi.aspx

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BSH
The German Federal and Maritime Hydrographic Agency (BSH) is, amongst others, responsible for monitoring physical parameters in the German EEZ and licensing offshore installations. BSH has also a monitoring and assessment role within the implementation of the EU-MSDF. Monitoring activities focus e.g. on the status of traditional marine physical variables and sea bed geology. Furthermore, BSH is a centre for marine geodata. Geodata datasets are needed as input for the model development in BIAS.

The MSDF, as well as offshore licensing require collection and assessment of acoustic data from the sea. BSH participates in a R&D project “HYPROWIND”, which develops realistic under water acoustic scenarios by using prognostic models and monitoring data. This project is in relation to the development and construction of offshore wind farms in the German Bight. The responsibility of BSH is in the verification of model outputs through in-situ data.

BSH runs since June 2013 a R&D project dealing with the assessment of underwater sound data and the efficiency of noise mitigation measures developed and applied during constructions in the german EEZ.

In the frame of this research project BSH has started to develop measurement and assessment standards. This experience will become indispensible for the BIAS project.


Point of contact:
Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)
Dr. Maria Boethling (M5201)
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78
20359 Hamburg
Germany
E-mail maria.boethling@bsh.de
Homepage: http://www.bsh.de/en/index.jsp

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ITAP was founded as an independent service area at Oldenburg University (Germany), providing applied research & development and technical & consulting services. Major working fields are technical & applied acoustics. Linked to Oldenburg University, ITAP is able to use their large-scale facilities. With more than 10 years of experience in measurement, analysis and modelling of underwater sound ITAP GmbH is able to give valuable contributions to BIAS.

ITAP is experienced in following underwater noise measurements: Construction & operating noise from offshore wind farms, underwater noise emissions and ambient noise. ITAP is actively contributing to a national standardization of procedures for underwater noise measurements of construction and operating noise from wind farms.

ITAP has leading experience in measuring underwater noise in situ in Germany.


Point of contact:
Rainer Matuschek
E-mail: matuschek@itap.de
itap GmbH
Marie-Curie-Str. 8
26129 Oldenburg
Homepage: http://www.itap.de/en/index.html

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