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What is ecoacoustics?

Subject: What is ecoacoustics?
From: Jerome Sueur <>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:32:31 +0000
Dear list,

Please find here the title and the abstract of a paper that we published some weeks ago in Biosemiotics.

This essay draws the contour of ecoacoustics, a new discipline that emerged from the Ecoacoustics Paris 2014 meeting.

Ecoacoustics: the ecological investigation and interpretation of environmental sound

The sounds produced by animals have been a topic of research into animal behaviour for a very long time. If acoustic signals are undoubtedly a vehicle for exchanging information between individuals, environmental sounds embed as well a significant level of data related to the ecology of populations, communities and landscapes. The consideration of environmental sounds for ecological investigations opens up a field of research that we define with the term ecoacoustics. In this paper, we draw the contours of ecoacoustics by detailing: the main theories, concepts and methods used in ecoacoustic research, and the numerous outcomes that can be expected from the ecological approach to sound. Ecoacoustics has several theoretical and practical challenges, but we firmly believe that this new approach to investigating ecological processes will generate abundant and exciting research programs.

Please do no hesitate to contact one of us to get the pdf if you have no access to the journal.

Best regards,

Jerome Sueur (m("","sueur");">) and Almo Farina (m("","almo.farina");">)

Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle
Institut Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité
45 rue Buffon
75005 Paris- France
International Society of Ecoacoustics
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