According tomedia reports, many people often use Google Maps’ Street View feature to see a given location. And now Australian scientists are developing an equivalent audio product that will allow users to hear about ecological regions across Australia.
The system, known as The Australian Acoustic Observatory, was developed in collaboration with scientists from the Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University, the University of Queensland, the University of New England and charlest university. Based on about 400 solar acoustic sensors, it will be placed in 100 locations in seven different ecological areas of Australia – including deserts, grasslands, shrubs and temperate zones, subtropical and tropical forests.
Over a five-year period, these sensors will record natural sounds around the clock. The recordings will be uploaded to a cloud-based server from which citizen scientists, artists, researchers and the public can listen to them for free.
With the visual soundview display on the site, users will be able to select a specific time and date for a specific location and then listen to what happens then and there. In some cases, the system will be able to automatically recognize the sounds of certain animals, letting users know which animal they belong to. In addition, more mysterious calls can be crowded with users, who may be able to provide advice.
In addition, custom software enables the analysis of a unique sound combination in an area to assign a unique “acoustic DNA”.
Professor Paul Roe, of the Queensland University of Technology, said: “These sensors will capture the sound of each frog’s call, bird’s call, animal noise and weather events, creating a sound view for each ecological area. This will allow us to hear what is happening in remote areas, for example, where rainfall makes it inaccessible, but interesting ecological events (such as desert frogs from the ground) are emerging. The acoustic measuring station will reveal these events and show us what is happening in the environment. “