Meetings

The BIAS project has regular meetings where the beneficiaries meet to discuss the progress of the project. Workshops are organized treating topics such as “Handling of rig and hydrophone logger” and “Establishment of signal processing standards”. These occasions give the beneficiaries an opportunity to learn from each other and the standards will assure that all data will be comparable.

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Meeting in Kerteminde 17-18 March 2015

Senior scientists and MSc/PhD students within the BIAS project met at the Marine Biological Research Center (University of Southern Denmark) in Kerteminde, Denmark, 17-18th of March, 2015. They discussed new ideas regarding the analysis of data that is produced within the BIAS and similar projects. Several plans for additional projects following up on BIAS were also discussed. The main emphasis for future work within the group, which aims at meeting twice every year, is to develop robust techniques to estimate the noise levels of the Baltic Sea as well as the impact of shipping noise and other noise sources of harbour porpoises. For more information please read the minutes from the meeting.

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Meeting in Kerteminde 6-8 May 2014

The project had a meeting in Kerteminde, Denmark. At this meeting several issues and decisions were handled. In the first day project status was in focus. The first quarter of data collection is now finished. The Signal Processing group had a meeting in Gdansk in February and the decisions from that meeting were presented. Also, quality assessment and status data and tools were discussed. On the second day the focus was on modelling the data, decisions chain and data-charing platform. Also, in the afternoon the meeting was split into the two sub-groups of Quality Assessments and Signal Processing for discussions and decisions. The last day was only a half day and a wrap up of the two first days of the meeting. Next meeting will be in Helsinki, Finland.

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Meeting in Tallinn 6-8 November 2013


At the Tallinn meeting several important decisions were made (see notes from meeting). The first morning was dedicated to dissemination. Several of the BIAS team gave short seminars on BIAS or related subjects. We were happy that such a large audience was there but especially that the Estonian co-financiers and Agnes Villman from the Ministry of Environment Estonia were participating. Agnes Villman gave a seminar on the status of the MSFD in Estonia and were later available for discussions related to implementation and future requirements.

BIAS consists of several sub-groups that are working independently on different actions. The emphasis has been on standards and deployment. The second day the meeting was divided into two parallel sessions where modeling, signal processing, quality assessment and standards were dealt with. The final day was in plenum. Sensor settings were decided, quality templates were established, the standards was synchronized with quality assessment. Finally, decision was made to store raw data nationally due to the fact that several of the countries will not release their data. This decision made it possible to fix some of the design parameters of the data-sharing platform. Decisions can be found in the meeting notes (Link). Next meeting will be in Denmark, most possible in Kerteminde.

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Meeting in Budapest 11-16 August 2013
The project had a meeting in Budapest in conjunction with the “3d International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Noise”. The focus of the BIAS meeting was on the deployment that will start with a rig workshop in October and deployments in December. An add-on activity is to include C-pods to extend the monitoring to detect presence of Harbour porpoises. This activity was earlier dealt with by the LIFE+ project SAMBAH. The final outcome of this proposal will depend on extra financing.

The conference was held in Corinthia Hotel in Budapest. Many interesting talks were given. Several of the BIAS participants had oral presentations and posters at the conference. The BIAS project was presented with a poster with the title “To manage the soundscape of the Baltic Sea”

(http://www.an2013.org/docs/Program%20with%20Abstracts%208-8-2013.pdf, page 161). It is satisfactory, from a dissemination point of view, to conclude that scientist, managers and regulators from the Member Stated of EU could take part in the progress of the project.

We would like to highlight that there is more and more results that other animals than fish, dolphins and whales are sensitive to sound. An interesting talk was given by Sophie Holls from Bristol University where evidences that sea hares suffer impaired development and higher mortality when exposed to chronic boat noise was presented (http://www.an2013.org/text2.html page 74).

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Meeting in Hamburg 3-5 April 2013

One of BIAS objectives is to implement a joint management of the underwater noise by 2016 in the Baltic Sea region. To achieve this goal we have to both quantify and understand the impact of noise on the marine environment. In April the BIAS project had its third project meeting in Hamburg bringing us one step closer. The meeting was organized as a workshop with sessions on field surveys, signal processing, standards, modelling and spatial data. All these topics took a leap forward. Here under follows three of the highlights.

We have now decided where to deploy the 38 sensors. The Figure shows the positions. Four of the sensors will be located in areas covered by ice during the winter season. Several will be placed offshore and some nearer to the coast. Undoubtedly, it will be a tough or at least cold winter period.

Standards are not easy to establish and even in the BIAS project there are opposing views. Still, we have agreed on the BIAS standards, which cover terminology, definitions as well as required routines when handling data and sensors. With these we can be sure that we can both trust data and compare data in the Baltic Sea region irrespectively of sensor type and user. We also hope that this can be the starting point for a European standard.

We are happy that our two new partners are on-board; Quite Oceans (http://www.quiet-oceans.com/) that will do the soundscape modelling of the Baltic Sea and Aqua Biota Water Research (http://www.aquabiota.se/) that will handle the assessment of requirements, data input and development of management tools.

Finally, the signal-processing group has a tough nut to crack. It is easier said than done since there is a number of ways to do the processing. Nevertheless, the signal-processing group has started tearing their hair and the most important parameters were identified. Next meeting will be in Budapest during 11 – 16 August 2013 (http://www.an2013.org), see you there!

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Kick-off meeting in Stockholm 11 – 12 September 2012

This was the first BIAS meeting. The focus was on organizing the project according to the outline of the proposal. A large part of the meeting was devoted to the details of the project actions, especially the preparatory actions which were all started with this meeting. A detailed plan was laid for the first six month. In summary the meeting resulted in the following activities:

· Preparation of tenders

· Preparation of purchasing equipment

· Establishing of list of environmental data necessary for deployment

· Investigation of necessary training for deck personal

· Preparation of Project Agreement

· Investigation of permits related to deployment

· A survey of available commercial acoustic instruments

· Establishment of a list of national authorities involved in Descriptor 11

· Drafting of standards

· Dissemination activities

The following working groups were established:

· Networking (action E9)

· Standards (action B1)

· Soundscape categories (A1)

· Preparation for procurement of instruments (action A3)

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