Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds

Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds

Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds 2560 1707 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Australian Institute of Marine Science – Australia

Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) is an increasingly accessible technique that offers an unprecedented, non-extractive means to ‘observe’ these habitats; many of which are too deep, dark, turbid, or remote to sample easily with other methods.

Applications to assist analysis of PAM data already exist (e.g., reference libraries, data portals, and discussion forums). Machine learning code is increasingly more available and citizen science programs are broadening public interest in underwater sound. However, individually, these resources do not realize their full potential.

To help address this, a working group for the Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds (GLUBS) has proposed an open-access web-based single-point-of-contact platform to integrate and expand these applications to help broaden and standardize scientific and community knowledge of underwater soundscapes and their contributing sources.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Research Programme on the Maritime Acoustic Environment (OD-MAE).

Start Date: 1/3/2023
End Date: 31/12/2028

Lead Contact: Miles Parsons (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 7- Ocean Observations
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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