Capturing the Sounds of an Urban Greenspace

8 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2018

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Ewan Klein

University of Edinburgh

Simon Chapple

University of Edinburgh

Joachim Fainberg

University of Edinburgh - School of Informatics

Cat Magill

University of Edinburgh

Martin Parker

University of Edinburgh

Charles D. Raab

University of Edinburgh

Jonathan Silvertown

University of Edinburgh

Date Written: October 6, 2018

Abstract

Acoustic data can be a source of important information about events and the environment in modern cities. To date, much of the focus has been on monitoring noise pollution, but the urban soundscape contains a rich variety of signals about both human and natural phenomena. We describe the CitySounds project, which has installed enclosed sensor kits at several locations across a heavily used urban greenspace in the city of Edinburgh. The acoustic monitoring components regularly capture short clips in real-time of both ultrasonic and audible noises, for example encompassing bats, birds and other wildlife, traffic, and human. The sounds are complemented by collecting other data from sensors, such as temperature and relative humidity. To ensure privacy and compliance with relevant legislation, robust methods render completely unintelligible any traces of voice or conversation that may incidentally be overheard by the sensors. We have adopted a variety of methods to encourage community engagement with the audio data and to communicate the richness of urban soundscapes to a general audience.

Keywords: Urban Soundscape, Biodiversity, Internet of Things, Privacy, Citizen Engagement, Sonic Art

Suggested Citation

Klein, Ewan and Chapple, Simon and Fainberg, Joachim and Magill, Cat and Parker, Martin and Raab, Charles D. and Silvertown, Jonathan, Capturing the Sounds of an Urban Greenspace (October 6, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3262010 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3262010

Ewan Klein (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Simon Chapple

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Joachim Fainberg

University of Edinburgh - School of Informatics ( email )

Edinburgh, Scotland
United Kingdom

Cat Magill

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Martin Parker

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Charles D. Raab

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Edinburgh, EH8 9LL
United Kingdom

Jonathan Silvertown

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

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