Low-cost and time-efficient acoustic technology offers novel possibilities for the public to appreciate biodiversity and, more importantly, for conservationists to identify where and when diversity is under threat.
Capturing Biodiversity through Sounds
Project Dhvani uses non-invasive audio recorders across two landscapes of remarkable strongholds of biodiversity in India: the dry tropical forests of central India and the misty rainforests of the Western Ghats. The project has three aims: understand how biodiversity varies across human land uses in central India and Western Ghats landscapes; stimulate curiosity and appreciation for biodiversity among the public through the window of sounds and test the feasibility of acoustics to aid conservation efforts.
How does it work?
What happens to the sounds?
In May and June 2018, we obtained > 72 hours of recording from 20 different sites across the Western Ghats and Central India. In collaboration with the EcoSounds Research Group at the Queensland University of Technology, this data was processed to derive metrics or indicators of species diversity. We are currently in the process of analyzing this data. More updates to follow.
Outreach and Conservation
What does this mean for conservation? How will we communicate our science to a broader audience and local communities? Follow this section for more updates.