D. Bagočius “The investigation of continuous underwater and impulsive impact piling noise in Lithuanian marine waters” doctoral dissertation defence

Thesis Defense

Author, Institution: Donatas Bagočius, Kaunas University of Technology

Science area, field of science: Technological Sciences, Environmental Engineering, T004

The dissertation defended externally

Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Jolita Kruopienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Technological
sciences, Environmental engineering, T004)

Dissertation Defence Board of Environmental Engineering Science Field:
Prof. Dr. Žaneta Stasiškienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Technological sciences, Environmental engineering, T004) – chairwoman;
Dr. Justas Dainys (Nature Research Center, Natural Sciences, Biology, N010);
Prof. Dr. Eglė Jotautienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Technological sciences, Environmental engineering, T004);
Dr. Jūratė Kriaučiūnienė (Lithuanian Energy Institute, Technological sciences, Environmental engineering, T004);
Dr. Leif Kg Persson (Swedish Defence Research Agency, Technological sciences, Environmental engineering, T004).

The doctoral dissertation is available at the libraries of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio St. 20, Kaunas, Lithuania), Vytautas Magnus University (K. Donelaičio St. 52, Kaunas, Lithuania) and in Lithuanian Energy Institute (Breslaujos St. 3, Kaunas, Lithuania).


A variety of human activities introduce noise energy into the marine environment, including commercial shipping, seismic surveys associated with oil and gas exploration as well academic research, naval operations, fishing activities, aquatic recreation, and coastal development. The Baltic Sea area belonging to Republic of Lithuania is no exclusion, where the dominant noise sources are the merchant shipping and harbor developments. Underwater noise emitted by these man-made activities can have the negative effects on marine environment, i.e. harm aquatic animals. This research aims at describing the soundscape in shallow marine waters of Lithuania considering both continuous and impulsive noise, risks to salmon and twaite shad caused by it, and its prevention measures.
To attain the goals of this research the continuous noise model capable to model spatial and temporal noise distribution in shallow marine environments was developed. The experimental modeling of seasonal continuous noise levels was completed at Lithuanian area of the Baltic Sea as well, piling impulsive noise spectral characteristics were measured and modeled at the Klaipėda harbor area.

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