TERN, together with our partners, is investing in a brave new world of biodiversity monitoring with remote sensors and artificial intelligence.
Remotely controlled bioacoustic sensors at TERN sites provide a unique 24-hour-a-day monitoring capability for vocal animals such as birds and frogs, and environmental and anthropogenic sounds. In the aquatic domain, researchers are using acoustic recordings to reveal the largely unseen acoustic world, determine how ship traffic sound might impact migrating whales and identify fish species in rivers. Future acoustic sensors and data collection at TERN sites will be managed through the Australian Acoustic Observatory (A2O).
TERN has collected, archived and made openly available over 60,000 sound files from acoustic sensors at 21 sites across our nation-wide research infrastructure, and facilitated analyses by leading acoustic-sensing researchers from Australia and overseas. We are equally excited to enable creative endeavours using bioacoustic data at the arts-science interface.
TERN has installed remotely controlled bioacoustic sensors at 21 sites across our nation-wide collaborative research infrastructure, including at research SuperSites at the Great Western Woodlands in WA (left) and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (right) (images courtesy of Suzanne Prober and Tim Wardlaw)