28 Jan 2016

THE ACADEMY by DHI offers underwater acoustics course in Denmark and Singapore

DHI is at the forefront in researching underwater noise impacts and providing solutions that can be used as tools in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). One of these tools is the Underwater Acoustics Simulator (UAS) module in MIKE 2016.

The Underwater Acoustics Simulator module in MIKE Powered by DHI simulates propagation of noise in the far-field with a state of the art Range-dependent Acoustic Model (RAM). UAS provides the option to specify a number of outputs in terms of sound exposure level or transmission loss depending on the objective of the environmental risk assessment. The background for our development of UAS is that marine mammals and other marine life face threats from many different human activities, including fishing, habitat destruction and man-made noise. Increased background noise and specific sound sources can impact marine animals in several ways. The potential impacts include sounds that cause marine animals to alter their behaviour, prevent marine animals from hearing important sounds (masking), cause hearing loss (temporary or permanent), or damage tissue.

We are pleased to offer the course ‘MODELLING OF UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS - Risk assessment of environmental noise impacts’ to:

  • biologists performing an EIA
  • professionals in hydraulic engineering
  • acousticians
  • management working with coastal areas and or marine environments

This one-day course will teach you the fundamentals of underwater acoustics modelling with the aim of being able to carry out biological risk assessments of environmental noise impacts for wind farms, seismic surveys, shipping, dredging and other human activities, for example. The two courses are developed in continuation of our DHI webinar: Risk Assessment of Environmental Noise Impacts. Watch this video for more information.

At the moment, we have scheduled this brand new course to take place in two locations in 2016 but more may be added. 

The planned locations are: 

Place: DHI HQ, Hørsholm, Denmark
Time: Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Further information and registration: http://www.theacademybydhi.com/course-sessions/modelling-of-underwater-acoustics-11600005-307

Place: DHI Singapore
Time: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Further information and registration: http://www.theacademybydhi.com/course-sessions/modelling-of-underwater-acoustics-61600003-29

Should you be interested in other locations and/or a tailored course related to risk assessment of environmental noise impact, please contact our senior expert, Dr Frank Thomsen. Frank is a Senior Marine Scientist at DHI and has specialised in the design and implementation of noise-related impact studies and forecasts as well as detailed noise risk assessments for a variety of activities, ranging from the construction and design of offshore wind parks to impacts from shipping. Frank also has extensive experience advising international bodies such as the United Nations, OSPAR and the European Union on noise impacts. He may be contacted at frth@dhigroup.com.

You may also contact THE ACADEMY at academy@dhigroup.com.

We look forward to seeing you at our courses.