In this study, acoustic ecology, the analysis of soundscapes -- composed of geophony, biophony, and anthrophony -- is applied as a potential measurement of ecosystem health. Recordings were taken from four locations in the greater Chicago area. By combining traditional ecological assessments including soil analysis, worm density surveys, and vegetation surveys, and correlating the results with acoustic data we highlight the value of soundscape analysis and suggest lines of future inquiry.
Jachowski, Veronica M.; Kenny, Lisa; Hauer, Michelle; Kühn, Andrew; and Barrett, Spencer
"A Preliminary Study of Soundscape Analysis as a Measurement of Ecosystem Health,"
DePaul Discoveries: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/depaul-disc/vol4/iss1/5