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Evidence of the environmental impact of noise pollution on biodiversity: a systematic map protocol

Published on Feb 12, 2019in Environmental Evidence
· DOI :10.1186/s13750-019-0146-6
Romain Sordello2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CNRS: Centre national de la recherche scientifique),
Frédérique Flamerie de Lachapelle2
Estimated H-index: 2
+ 1 AuthorsSylvie Vanpeene2
Estimated H-index: 2
Background For decades, biodiversity has suffered massive losses worldwide. Urbanization is one of the major drivers of extinction because it leads to the physical fragmentation and loss of natural habitats and it is associated with related effects, e.g. pollution and in particular noise pollution given that many man-made sounds are generated in cities (e.g. industrial and traffic noise, etc.). However, all human activities generate sounds, even far from any human habitation (e.g. motor boats on lakes, aircraft in the air, etc.). Ecological research now deals increasingly with the effects of noise pollution on biodiversity. Many studies have shown the impacts of anthropogenic noise and concluded that it is potentially a threat to life on Earth. The present work describes a protocol to systematically map evidence of the environmental impact of noise pollution on biodiversity. The resulting map will inform on the species most studied and on the demonstrated impacts. This will be useful for further primary research by identifying knowledge gaps and in view of further analysis, such as systematic reviews.
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Xi Xu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Fudan University),
Yujing Xie3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Fudan University)
+ 2 AuthorsXiangrong Wang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Fudan University)
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William J. Ripple46
Estimated H-index: 46
(USYD: University of Sydney),
Christopher Wolf10
Estimated H-index: 10
(USYD: University of Sydney)
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Estimated H-index: 91
(USYD: University of Sydney)
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Caspar A. Hallmann7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Radboud University Nijmegen),
Martin Sorg1
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 39
(UNAM: National Autonomous University of Mexico),
Paul R. Ehrlich97
Estimated H-index: 97
(Stanford University),
Rodolfo Dirzo51
Estimated H-index: 51
(Stanford University)
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Estimated H-index: 4
(BSU: Boise State University),
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Estimated H-index: 5
(The Peregrine Fund)
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Estimated H-index: 16
(BSU: Boise State University)
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Jacy Bernath-Plaisted2
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(UM: University of Manitoba),
Nicola Koper14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UM: University of Manitoba)
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(Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council),
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(Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council),
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Estimated H-index: 42
(Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council)
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Graeme Shannon18
Estimated H-index: 18
(CSU: Colorado State University),
Megan F. McKenna18
Estimated H-index: 18
(NPS: National Park Service)
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Estimated H-index: 5
(CSU: Colorado State University)
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(The Peregrine Fund),
Christopher J. W. McClure13
Estimated H-index: 13
(The Peregrine Fund),
Jesse R. Barber16
Estimated H-index: 16
(BSU: Boise State University)
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