A Common Sense Approach to Source Metrics
The analysis and assessment of the impact of anthropogenic sound on the ocean environment require a clear understanding of the spatial, spectral, and temporal properties of the sources that generate the sounds and the animals that are exposed. The mantra “spatial, spectral, and temporal” is one that applies to all acoustic assessment problems and should serve as the underlying basis for the analysis toolbox anyone brings to bear on these issues. Table 1 correlates the salient aspects of the three features of sound production, transmission, and reception with this mantra.
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