Mar. Res. 2024/06
Vol.4. Iss.1 :17-26
Potential Application of Metabolomics on the Impacts of Underwater Noise on Marine Life

Kuo-Hsun Chiu 1 and Hin-Kiu Mok 2*
1Department of Oceanography, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Abstract: In the vast marine ecosystems, the burgeoning issue of anthropogenic noise—emanating from sources like shipping, construction, and military operations—poses a significant challenge to the well-being of diverse marine species. These disturbances interfere with essential biological processes, including communication, behavior, and physiological functions. Amidst the sparse literature on direct assessments, metabolomics emerges as a pioneering technique, offering an innovative lens to scrutinize underwater noise's subtle yet profound effects. By analyzing low-molecular-weight metabolites, metabolomics provides unparalleled insights into the physiological state changes in marine organisms, unveiling the alterations in metabolic pathways triggered by noise exposure. This perspective article underscores the imperative role of metabolomics in bridging the gap in understanding how underwater noise constitutes an environmental stressor. It delves into the potential of advanced analytical methods to dissect the complexities of marine life responses, thereby paving the way for devising effective strategies to mitigate the impacts of underwater noise. Through this discussion, we aim to catalyze further research in this nascent field, highlighting the critical need for comprehensive studies that employ metabolomics to explore the broader ecological ramifications of underwater noise on marine biodiversity.

Keywords:  Metabolomics, underwater noise, marine, physiology

*Corresponding author; e-mail: hinkiu.mok@gmail.com
© 2024  Marine Research , ISSN 2709-6629 

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