Sounds of the Sea

July 1st, 1997 - June 30th, 2000 | PROJECT

The New England Aquarium (NEAq) will develop "Sounds of the Sea", a 2000 sq. ft. traveling exhibit that will provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the importance of sound in the ocean and acoustic oceanography as a tool for research, for such issues as global change. Both natural and anthropogenic sounds will be examined. The goals of the exhibit are to demonstrate the richness of sounds in the ocean, to educate visitors about the physics of sound in the air and under water, and to present current scientific research on the physics and biology of underwater sounds. One of the special features will be real ocean sounds in real time. Visitors will be able to hear sounds picked up by hydrophones in the inner and outer Boston Harbor and view spectral data. The exhibit will reach a broad audience including those with visual and aural impairments. NEAq will collaborate with MIT's Department of Ocean Engineering, the MIT Sea Grant College Program, Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the WGBH Educational Foundation's National Center for Media Accessibility in the development of the exhibit. Supplementary materials for visitors to the exhibit will include an exhibit guide and a web site. Complementary programming for use by formal educators will include pre and post visit materials and special programming for school groups.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

William Spitzer, Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium
Jerry Schubel, Co-Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium
Henrik Schmidt, Co-Principal Investigator, MIT
Carolyn Levi, Co-Principal Investigator, New England Aquarium


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 9705519
Funding Amount: 886630


Access and Inclusion: People with Disabilities
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Climate | Geoscience and geography | Life science | Physics
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits | Exhibitions