Mason, R., P. Roe, M. Towsey, J. Zhang, J. Gibson, and S. Gage. 2008. Towards an acoustic environmental observatory. Pages 135-142 in Fourth IEEE International Conference on eScience, 2008. IEEE, Indianapolis, Indiana.
The need for large scale environmental monitoring to manage environmental change is well established. Ecologists have long used acoustics as a means of monitoring the environment in their field work, and so the value of an acoustic environmental observatory is evident. However, the volume of data generated by such an observatory would quickly overwhelm even the most fervent scientist using traditional methods. In this paper we present our steps towards realising a complete acoustic environmental observatory – i.e. a cohesive set of hardware sensors, management utilities, and analytical tools required for large scale environmental monitoring. Concrete examples of these elements, which are in active use by ecological scientists, are also presented.
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