The 8th International Meeting on the Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals (ESOMM) will be held in The Netherlands, The Hague (Scheveningen), overlooking the sea at the Carlton Beach Hotel. ESOMM is organized by the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). The 8th ESOMM meeting follows the tradition of earlier ESOMM events in Beaufort NC (2022), Scheveningen (2018), Amsterdam (2011, 2014) and Lerici, Italy (as organized by the NATO Undersea research centre NURC in 2005, 2007, 2009. Attendance of the meeting is by invitation only.
The focus of ESOMM-2024, similar to previous ESOMM meetings, is to link science to policy and regulation by inviting combined representation of the research, policy and regulation communities. By doing so, we hope to facilitate and reinforce this multi stakeholder interaction. Originating as a NATO meeting, the main focus for ESOMM will be the environmental effects of sonar sound; but over the years other (impulsive) sound sources have increasingly been considered as well. We would like to encourage exchange of knowledge between different communities and industries on other sound sources, such as the oil & gas and the offshore wind industry.
The ESOMM meeting provides a platform to communicate recent scientific results and challenges in combination with addressing the needs from policy and regulator perspectives.