Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS)

Key Inner Space Center Staff involved with the DOSITS project:

  • Gail Scowcroft,  Principal Investigator (PI)  and Project Director
  • Christopher Knowlton, Marine Research Associate
  • Holly Morin, Marine Research Associate
  • Derek Sutcliffe, Associate Marine Development Engineer

The Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) project introduces the science and uses of Sound in the Sea. There are several major sections on the site such as The Science of Sound in the Sea, People and Sound in the Sea, and Animals and Sound in the Sea. The site’s Audio Gallery provides the opportunity to   hear underwater sounds generated  by marine animals, human activities, and natural phenomena, such as lightning, earthquakes, and rain. The Technology Gallery offers descriptions of a  variety of equipment that use sound to investigate the ocean.  The site offers video interviews with scientists that study how marine animals produce and hear sounds. Investigate how scientists use underwater acoustics to track ocean currents, identify potential obstacles, and quantify fish distributions. There are also resources for many specialized audiences, including teachers, students, the media, and decision makers.

The DOSITS website is an international, comprehensive, scientific resource, providing a synthesis of the latest peer-reviewed research in on underwater acoustics. It has been  developed by the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc. (MAI) of Middletown, RI.  All DOSITS content is based on well-understood scientific principles, peer-reviewed literature, and high quality sources of scientific data. The DOSITS Scientific Advisory Panel (AP), a multidisciplinary team of acoustics experts, puts the materials through a rigorous peer review process to ensure scientific integrity. Independent researchers who specialize in various aspects of underwater acoustics have also reviewed each section of the site. This site and its resources were developed and produced with funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the E&P Sound and Marine Life Joint Industry Programme, and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors.

International hub for ocean science exploration