Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays: Applications, technological considerations and prospectus

Daniel T. Blumstein, Daniel J. Mennill, Patrick Clemins, Lewis Girod, Kung Yao, Gail Patricelli, Jill L. Deppe, Alan H. Krakauer, Christopher Clark, Kathryn A. Cortopassi, Sean F. Hanser, Brenda Mccowan, Andreas M. Ali, Alexander N G Kirschel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

264 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

1. Animals produce sounds for diverse biological functions such as defending territories, attracting mates, deterring predators, navigation, finding food and maintaining contact with members of their social group. Biologists can take advantage of these acoustic behaviours to gain valuable insights into the spatial and temporal scales over which individuals and populations interact. Advances in bioacoustic technology, including the development of autonomous cabled and wireless recording arrays, permit data collection at multiple locations over time. These systems are transforming the way we study individuals and populations of animals and are leading to significant advances in our understandings of the complex interactions between animals and their habitats. 2. Here, we review questions that can be addressed using bioacoustic approaches, by providing a primer on technologies and approaches used to study animals at multiple organizational levels by ecologists, behaviourists and conservation biologists. 3. Spatially dispersed groups of microphones (arrays) enable users to study signal directionality on a small scale or to locate animals and track their movements on a larger scale. 4. Advances in algorithm development can allow users to discriminate among species, sexes, age groups and individuals. 5. With such technology, users can remotely and non-invasively survey populations, describe the soundscape, quantify anthropogenic noise, study species interactions, gain new insights into the social dynamics of sound-producing animals and track the effects of factors such as climate change and habitat fragmentation on phenology and biodiversity. 6. There remain many challenges in the use of acoustic monitoring, including the difficulties in performing signal recognition across taxa. The bioacoustics community should focus on developing a common framework for signal recognition that allows for various species' data to be analysed by any recognition system supporting a set of common standards. 7. Synthesis and applications. Microphone arrays are increasingly used to remotely monitor acoustically active animals. We provide examples from a variety of taxa where acoustic arrays have been used for ecological, behavioural and conservation studies. We discuss the technologies used, the methodologies for automating signal recognition and some of the remaining challenges. We also make recommendations for using this technology to aid in wildlife management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-767
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Ecology
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Fingerprint

terrestrial environment
acoustics
bioacoustics
animal
monitoring
acoustic array
wildlife management
habitat fragmentation
phenology
navigation
aid
predator
biodiversity
climate change
food
methodology
habitat

Keywords

  • Anthropogenic noise
  • Bioacoustics
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Non-invasive sampling
  • Sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology

Cite this

Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays : Applications, technological considerations and prospectus. / Blumstein, Daniel T.; Mennill, Daniel J.; Clemins, Patrick; Girod, Lewis; Yao, Kung; Patricelli, Gail; Deppe, Jill L.; Krakauer, Alan H.; Clark, Christopher; Cortopassi, Kathryn A.; Hanser, Sean F.; Mccowan, Brenda; Ali, Andreas M.; Kirschel, Alexander N G.

In: Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 48, No. 3, 06.2011, p. 758-767.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Blumstein, DT, Mennill, DJ, Clemins, P, Girod, L, Yao, K, Patricelli, G, Deppe, JL, Krakauer, AH, Clark, C, Cortopassi, KA, Hanser, SF, Mccowan, B, Ali, AM & Kirschel, ANG 2011, 'Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays: Applications, technological considerations and prospectus', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 758-767. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.01993.x
Blumstein, Daniel T. ; Mennill, Daniel J. ; Clemins, Patrick ; Girod, Lewis ; Yao, Kung ; Patricelli, Gail ; Deppe, Jill L. ; Krakauer, Alan H. ; Clark, Christopher ; Cortopassi, Kathryn A. ; Hanser, Sean F. ; Mccowan, Brenda ; Ali, Andreas M. ; Kirschel, Alexander N G. / Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays : Applications, technological considerations and prospectus. In: Journal of Applied Ecology. 2011 ; Vol. 48, No. 3. pp. 758-767.
@article{d4923c6fcc6f48aab072b860f865604d,
title = "Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays: Applications, technological considerations and prospectus",
abstract = "1. Animals produce sounds for diverse biological functions such as defending territories, attracting mates, deterring predators, navigation, finding food and maintaining contact with members of their social group. Biologists can take advantage of these acoustic behaviours to gain valuable insights into the spatial and temporal scales over which individuals and populations interact. Advances in bioacoustic technology, including the development of autonomous cabled and wireless recording arrays, permit data collection at multiple locations over time. These systems are transforming the way we study individuals and populations of animals and are leading to significant advances in our understandings of the complex interactions between animals and their habitats. 2. Here, we review questions that can be addressed using bioacoustic approaches, by providing a primer on technologies and approaches used to study animals at multiple organizational levels by ecologists, behaviourists and conservation biologists. 3. Spatially dispersed groups of microphones (arrays) enable users to study signal directionality on a small scale or to locate animals and track their movements on a larger scale. 4. Advances in algorithm development can allow users to discriminate among species, sexes, age groups and individuals. 5. With such technology, users can remotely and non-invasively survey populations, describe the soundscape, quantify anthropogenic noise, study species interactions, gain new insights into the social dynamics of sound-producing animals and track the effects of factors such as climate change and habitat fragmentation on phenology and biodiversity. 6. There remain many challenges in the use of acoustic monitoring, including the difficulties in performing signal recognition across taxa. The bioacoustics community should focus on developing a common framework for signal recognition that allows for various species' data to be analysed by any recognition system supporting a set of common standards. 7. Synthesis and applications. Microphone arrays are increasingly used to remotely monitor acoustically active animals. We provide examples from a variety of taxa where acoustic arrays have been used for ecological, behavioural and conservation studies. We discuss the technologies used, the methodologies for automating signal recognition and some of the remaining challenges. We also make recommendations for using this technology to aid in wildlife management.",
keywords = "Anthropogenic noise, Bioacoustics, Biodiversity monitoring, Non-invasive sampling, Sensor networks",
author = "Blumstein, {Daniel T.} and Mennill, {Daniel J.} and Patrick Clemins and Lewis Girod and Kung Yao and Gail Patricelli and Deppe, {Jill L.} and Krakauer, {Alan H.} and Christopher Clark and Cortopassi, {Kathryn A.} and Hanser, {Sean F.} and Brenda Mccowan and Ali, {Andreas M.} and Kirschel, {Alexander N G}",
year = "2011",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.01993.x",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "48",
pages = "758--767",
journal = "Journal of Applied Ecology",
issn = "0021-8901",
publisher = "Wiley-Blackwell",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays

T2 - Applications, technological considerations and prospectus

AU - Blumstein, Daniel T.

AU - Mennill, Daniel J.

AU - Clemins, Patrick

AU - Girod, Lewis

AU - Yao, Kung

AU - Patricelli, Gail

AU - Deppe, Jill L.

AU - Krakauer, Alan H.

AU - Clark, Christopher

AU - Cortopassi, Kathryn A.

AU - Hanser, Sean F.

AU - Mccowan, Brenda

AU - Ali, Andreas M.

AU - Kirschel, Alexander N G

PY - 2011/6

Y1 - 2011/6

N2 - 1. Animals produce sounds for diverse biological functions such as defending territories, attracting mates, deterring predators, navigation, finding food and maintaining contact with members of their social group. Biologists can take advantage of these acoustic behaviours to gain valuable insights into the spatial and temporal scales over which individuals and populations interact. Advances in bioacoustic technology, including the development of autonomous cabled and wireless recording arrays, permit data collection at multiple locations over time. These systems are transforming the way we study individuals and populations of animals and are leading to significant advances in our understandings of the complex interactions between animals and their habitats. 2. Here, we review questions that can be addressed using bioacoustic approaches, by providing a primer on technologies and approaches used to study animals at multiple organizational levels by ecologists, behaviourists and conservation biologists. 3. Spatially dispersed groups of microphones (arrays) enable users to study signal directionality on a small scale or to locate animals and track their movements on a larger scale. 4. Advances in algorithm development can allow users to discriminate among species, sexes, age groups and individuals. 5. With such technology, users can remotely and non-invasively survey populations, describe the soundscape, quantify anthropogenic noise, study species interactions, gain new insights into the social dynamics of sound-producing animals and track the effects of factors such as climate change and habitat fragmentation on phenology and biodiversity. 6. There remain many challenges in the use of acoustic monitoring, including the difficulties in performing signal recognition across taxa. The bioacoustics community should focus on developing a common framework for signal recognition that allows for various species' data to be analysed by any recognition system supporting a set of common standards. 7. Synthesis and applications. Microphone arrays are increasingly used to remotely monitor acoustically active animals. We provide examples from a variety of taxa where acoustic arrays have been used for ecological, behavioural and conservation studies. We discuss the technologies used, the methodologies for automating signal recognition and some of the remaining challenges. We also make recommendations for using this technology to aid in wildlife management.

AB - 1. Animals produce sounds for diverse biological functions such as defending territories, attracting mates, deterring predators, navigation, finding food and maintaining contact with members of their social group. Biologists can take advantage of these acoustic behaviours to gain valuable insights into the spatial and temporal scales over which individuals and populations interact. Advances in bioacoustic technology, including the development of autonomous cabled and wireless recording arrays, permit data collection at multiple locations over time. These systems are transforming the way we study individuals and populations of animals and are leading to significant advances in our understandings of the complex interactions between animals and their habitats. 2. Here, we review questions that can be addressed using bioacoustic approaches, by providing a primer on technologies and approaches used to study animals at multiple organizational levels by ecologists, behaviourists and conservation biologists. 3. Spatially dispersed groups of microphones (arrays) enable users to study signal directionality on a small scale or to locate animals and track their movements on a larger scale. 4. Advances in algorithm development can allow users to discriminate among species, sexes, age groups and individuals. 5. With such technology, users can remotely and non-invasively survey populations, describe the soundscape, quantify anthropogenic noise, study species interactions, gain new insights into the social dynamics of sound-producing animals and track the effects of factors such as climate change and habitat fragmentation on phenology and biodiversity. 6. There remain many challenges in the use of acoustic monitoring, including the difficulties in performing signal recognition across taxa. The bioacoustics community should focus on developing a common framework for signal recognition that allows for various species' data to be analysed by any recognition system supporting a set of common standards. 7. Synthesis and applications. Microphone arrays are increasingly used to remotely monitor acoustically active animals. We provide examples from a variety of taxa where acoustic arrays have been used for ecological, behavioural and conservation studies. We discuss the technologies used, the methodologies for automating signal recognition and some of the remaining challenges. We also make recommendations for using this technology to aid in wildlife management.

KW - Anthropogenic noise

KW - Bioacoustics

KW - Biodiversity monitoring

KW - Non-invasive sampling

KW - Sensor networks

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=79955961451&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=79955961451&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.01993.x

DO - 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.01993.x

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:79955961451

VL - 48

SP - 758

EP - 767

JO - Journal of Applied Ecology

JF - Journal of Applied Ecology

SN - 0021-8901

IS - 3

ER -