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THE E&P SOUND & MARINE LIFE
JOINT INDUSTRY PROGRAMME

The Joint Industry Programme, or JIP, supports research to help increase understanding of the effect of sound on marine life generated by oil and gas exploration and production activity. The research helps governments make regulatory decisions based on the best science and the industry develop effective mitigation strategies. This helps us supply much needed energy to people around the world.

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WEATHER
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PRODUCTION PLATFORM
SHIP TOWING SEISMIC ARRAY
COMMERCIAL SHIPPING
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

THE OCEAN

The ocean is filled with a wide variety of natural and man-made sounds generated by shipping, and military sonar amongst others.

SEA TURTLES

SOUND IN THE SEA

Sound travels in different ways in this complex undersea environment and many factors influence what an animal hears.

SEALS

THE SCIENCE

The oil and gas industry is committed to responsible operating practices and in 2006 a group of international oil and gas companies committed to uniting their resources to found a research programme to improve understanding of the potential physical and behavioural effects of the sound created by finding and producing oil and gas on different forms of marine life. This Joint Industry Programme (JIP) is the most extensive industry research programme in this field. Working together with multi-national groups, experts and NGOs, the JIP has already committed US$ 31 million to research.

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OUR RESEARCH

The JIP’s research is divided into five categories – from understanding how sound travels in underwater, to the possible effects of sound on marine fauna’s physical and behavioural well-being, to how sound can be mitigated

COLLABORATION

Collaboration is one of the founding principles of the JIP. As well as our diverse membership, we have deliberately engaged world-leading scientists to guide our research and ensure that it conforms to the highest standards. The JIP is informed by an advisory board of experts and contracts with leading scientists to conduct research. Scientists must submit papers to scientific journals and release their data to the public.

INNOVATION

The JIP is working at the cutting edge of research and is pioneering mitigation tools.

The JIP has developed PAMGuard, a software system for detecting the presence of marine mammals near seismic operations that allows operators to shut down to prevent any over exposure. This system is now used worldwide.

NATURAL TECTONIC ACTIVITY