Listening forward: approaching marine biodiversity assessments using acoustic methods.
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Mooney, T. Aran
Di Iorio, Lucia
Nedelec, Sophie L.
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Ecosystems and the communities they support are changing at alarmingly rapid rates. Tracking species diversity is vital to managing these stressed habitats. Yet, quantifying and monitoring biodiversity is often challenging, especially in ocean habitats. Given that many animals make sounds, these cues travel efficiently under water, and emerging technologies are increasingly cost-effective, passive acoustics (a long-standing ocean observation method) is now a potential means of quantifying and monitoring marine biodiversity. Properly applying acoustics for biodiversity assessments is vital. Our goal here is to provide a timely consideration of emerging methods using passive acoustics to measure marine biodiversity. We provide a summary of the brief history of using passive acoustics to assess marine biodiversity and community structure, a critical assessment of the challenges faced, and outline recommended practices and considerations for acoustic biodiversity measuremen.....
JournalRoyal Society Ope Science
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
CitationMooney, T.A., Di Iorio, L., Lammers, M., Lin, T-H., Nedelec, S.L., Parsons, M., Radford, C., Urban, E. and Stanley, J. (2020) Listening forward: approaching marine biodiversity assessments using acoustic methods. Royal Society Open Science, 7:201287, 27pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.201287
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