Michel André

2002 Laureate, Applied Technology
France, Born 1963


Project Goal

Create a system to protect whales from collisions with ships

Location: Canary Islands

"The more noise we put into the ocean, the more we affect the way sea dwellers communicate and live. There is now not a single space in the oceans that is free from noise pollution."

Michel André, a 2002 Rolex Awards Laureate, has just completed successful first-stage trials of the first ever whale anti-collision system. But, he says, his research raises a greater issue – the pollution of the world’s oceans with human noise.


decibels the background noise in the ocean has increased over the last 50 years


height, in metres, of Michel's whale anti-collision system


sites at which André and his team are gathering acoustic data as part of the European Seafloor Observatories Network

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