There have been several incidents in which U.S. Navy sonar operations at sea coincided in time and location with a mass stranding of marine mammals, particularly beaked whales. Although a conclusive cause-and-effect relationship has not been established, there is strong evidence and scientific concern that use of military sonar has resulted in beaked whale mass strandings. Most previous attempts to determine whether military sonar use and whale strandings are correlated have looked at mass stranding records of beaked whales and have singled out those instances in which military operations appear to coincide in time and location with a mass stranding event. In this study, historical data on beaked whale mass strandings and military exercises that were likely to include active sonar use were compiled, and statistical analyses were performed to determine the level of correlation between these events
Dr. Ronald Filadelfo joined CNA in 1984 and currently serves as Leader of the Environment and Energy Research Group at CNA. The group's current research focus includes the effects of military sonars on marine mammals, the effects of environmental restrictions and compatible use conflicts on military training, and installation and operational energy issues for the military.
His early career at CNA focused on submarine and antisubmarine warfare issues. As an analyst in CNA's ASW Department, he supported several fleet exercises, and had two fleet assignments: Pacific Fleet Anti-submarine Warfare Squadron, and Tactical Training Group, Pacific. Since 1992 his efforts have concentrated on Navy environmental issues. More recently, his primary research area has been concerned with exploring the links between military sonar use and whale strandings.
In 2007 Dr Filadelfo led the analysis and writing team that supported the CNA Military Advisory Board study of the effects of climate change on national security. He was recently a member of a National Academy of Sciences Naval Studies Board that examined the implications of climate change for US Naval forces. He holds a PhD degree in physical oceanography from the State University of New York.
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