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Human activity slowed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental researchers have taken this opportunity to investigate how ecosystems respond to a decrease in human-related stressors. One human-related stressor is shipping, which can impact ocean ecosystems by creating intense underwater sounds. Fritjof Basan and his colleagues at the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany set out to determine whether reduced shipping activity in 2020 significantly affected the underwater soundscape.

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Summary of the paper ‘Soundscapes in the German Baltic Sea Before and During the Covid-19 Pandemic’ in Frontiers in Marine Science. doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.689860

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