New physical science activity available on the Discovery of Sound in the Sea website

Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS; www.dosits.org) is one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on underwater sound. The DOSITS website and its associated educational materials introduce the science and uses of underwater sound and provide easy, efficient access to timely peer-reviewed content on the effects of underwater sound on marine animals. In addition to in-depth science content, the DOSITS website contains interactive galleries, including an extensive Audio Gallery (link) containing over 60 examples of sound sources found in the global ocean. The DOSITS website also includes a special section for teachers (link) with resources and classroom activities.

The DOSITS team is excited to announce the availability of a new, inquiry-based activity (link)
that explores how the different properties of water can cause underwater sound to change. Using simple materials, students design experiments and make predictions on how underwater sound may be altered as a result of temperature changes, the introduction of bubbles, and other modifications to the water column.

In addition to the new activity, the front page interactive has been updated to reflect new content available on the DOSITS site. Please take time to explore information on Right Whales,
acoustic tagging of marine mammals, ocean noise budgets, sounds of hydrothermal vents, and other new content areas!

The information presented on the DOSITS website and its associated educational materials is based solely on current published scientific research, and all content has undergone a thorough review by a panel of scientific experts. The Discovery of Sound in the Sea website has been developed and produced by the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Office of Marine Programs (OMP) in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc., with support from the Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

Please visit the site and let us know what you think via our public input survey (link). To receive more information about the Discovery of Sound in the Sea Project, please contact Celia Cackowski via email celia@gso.uri.edu.

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