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Underwater radiated noise (URN) emitted from commercial ships and other vessels can negatively impact aquatic species and their ecosystems, potentially threatening their survival. SATURN brings together expertise from disciplines such as bioacoustics, maritime engineering, shipping, and other fields to engage stakeholders to develop solutions to the problem of URN. 


SATURN will examine; i) which sounds pose the greatest threat to aquatic species and how they are produced and propagated; ii) the short and long-term effects of URN on invertebrates, fish, and marine mammals; and iii) the most promising options for reducing the negative impacts of URN. SATURN will also develop and progress standards for terminology and methodology across all disciplines working on URN, producing recommendations for effective underwater sound management.


SATURN is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101006443. 

Funding Programme: 







Total Budget

Horizon 2020 EU 3.4 - Societal Challenges

Smart, Green, and Integrated Transport

Research & Innovation

MG-BG-03-2020 - Underwater noise mitigation and environmental impact

February 2021 - January 2025

20 partners in 12 countries

MaREI, University College Cork

€ 8,965,963.75


Saturn brings together an interdisciplinary team of leading experts in bioacoustics; population biology; marine mammal, fish and invertebrate biology; maritime architecture and engineering; shipping; maritime policy; stakeholder engagement, and science communication. Our consortium is made of 20 partner organisations from nine European countries. 

Saturn is coordinated by University College Cork at MaREI, the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate, and Marine.

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