Listening to nature : techniques for large-scale monitoring of ecosystems using acoustics

Planitz, Birgit M., Roe, Paul, Sumitomo, Jiro, Towsey, Michael W., Williamson, Ian, & Wimmer, Jason (2009) Listening to nature : techniques for large-scale monitoring of ecosystems using acoustics. In 3rd eResearch Australasia Conference, 9-13 November 2009, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, Sydney. (Unpublished)

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Climate change and human activity are subjecting the environment to unprecedented rates of change. Monitoring these changes is an immense task that demands new levels of automated monitoring and analysis. We propose the use of acoustics as a proxy for the time consuming auditing of fauna, especially for determining the presence/absence of species. Acoustic monitoring is deceptively simple; seemingly all that is required is a sound recorder. However there are many major challenges if acoustics are to be used for large scale monitoring of ecosystems. Key issues are scalability and automation. This paper discusses our approach to this important research problem. Our work is being undertaken in collaboration with ecologists interested both in identifying particular species and in general ecosystem health.

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ID Code: 27329
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: acoustic analysis, environmental analysis, climate change
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing not elsewhere classified (080199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (050100)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2009 22:07
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:00

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