Applications for Policy and Planning

It is important to incorporate ship noise modeling into marine spatial planning, policy and public outreach to make informed decisions regarding mitigating impacts. This includes responding in real time to managing current noise exposure, developing guidelines of best practices for the shipping industry, including ports, and marine mammal management agencies, and developing zoning or other management regulations for marine protected areas. This third objective builds on the first two objectives by combining knowledge generated from ship movement data with knowledge of the impact of noise on marine mammals into decision support tools and information products for real time and operational response to noise exposure, for strategic planning and for public education and outreach. This component involves a series of three workshops. Each workshop will take place in end-user communities. This research will yield advanced decision support geospatial tools. While these will be specifically defined by the end-users, initial discussions with end-users indicate three areas of focus (1) interactive 3D geovisualization; (2) a dynamic soundfield propagation model and (3) collaborative GIS workshops bringing together industry, policy makers, planners and stakeholders. 

Research Team

  • Rosaline Canessa, University Victoria
  • Rodolphe Devillers, Memorial University


  • Port of Metro Vancouver
  • ESRI Canada
  • Council of the Haida Nation
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
  • WWF Canada
  • Sachs Harbour Hunting and Trapping Committee
  • SKB Advisory Committee