In interviews with media professionals, everyone is looking for an effective phrase to communicate what soundscape analysis is and why an unnaturally loud soundscape can impede the communication strategies of various marine fauna.
In the past I've used "soundscape" and described the term as well as "noise budget" (as in, I measure the noise budget of an area to compare noise budgets in lots of environments). I think soundscape is still a pretty nebulous term. And noise budget is a little more accessible since it has an economics connotation.
But what about "acoustic prospecting"?
I was asked about this phrase today. Do I go out in the field and find areas that are relatively louder or quieter or more or less polluted by human sound? "Prospecting" makes it sound like the Gold Rush to me - like bioacousticians are adventurers in search of some acoustic commodity in the environment.
Does this phrase communicate our work better than other phrases? Yes? No? Is there another phrase or term that people have found useful in popular media to communicate soundscape work and the the effect of noise on marine fauna?