May 26 2011

Acoustic Effects – People

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Because of the distance, offshore technologies have a negligible acoustic impact on most people. Though these technologies may be audible to passing boats, they are usually drowned out by the sound of the motor engine.

In In the few instances that shoreline energy generating technologies have been viable, they are usually criticized for their acoustic impact on people. Typically, they exceed the background noise of the ocean is between 50-60 dB. For example, the Islay Limpet has a very distinct, bothersome mechanical sound. Installation of similar technologies close to denser areas of population could warrant noise complaints.


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