The Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network (ADEON)

The Atlantic Deepwater Ecosystem Observatory Network (ADEON) for the U.S. Mid-and South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) was developed and deployed in November of 2017. The lead P.I. for this project, Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds, Director of the Center for Acoustics Research and Education and Research Professor in the School of Marine Science & Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire. Dr. Miksis-Olds leads a collaborative research team consisting of individuals from UNH, Observing Air-Sea Interactions Strategy, and Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, JASCO Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This observatory network generates long-term measurements of both the natural and human factors active in this region, thus informing the ecology and soundscape of the Outer Continental Shelf. These data will provide further a mechanistic understanding of the cumulative impacts these factors have on marine resources and provide insight for ecosystem-based management efforts. Long-term observations of living marine resources and marine sound will assist Federal agencies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Office of Naval Research (ONR), andthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in complying with mandates in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), and Sustainable Fisheries Act (SFA).