Ecoacoustics 2016

2016/6/5-8 @ University of Michigan

Investigation on the dynamics of soundscape by using unsupervised detection and classification algorithms

Tzu-Hao Lin, Lien-Siang Chou
Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, National Taiwan University, Repubic of China (Taiwan)

Yu-Huang Wang
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Repubic of China (Taiwan)

Soundscape has been proposed as a potential information source to study the variability of biodiversity. However, analysis of the soundscape is a challenging task when there is no sufficient database to recognize various sounds collected from long duration recordings. Previous researches have measured several acoustic diversity indexes to quantify the variation of biodiversity, but the acoustic diversity indexes are still difficult to interpret without any ground truth. In this study, we propose to analyze the composition of soundscape scenes and visualize the dynamics of soundscape by using unsupervised detection and classification algorithms. Different soundscape scenes were classified according to the tonal sounds, pulsed sounds, and acoustic features obtained from long-term spectrogram. By adjusting the variation explained through classification results, the number of soundscape scenes will be automatically determined. The unsupervised classifier has been employed to analyze the soundscape dynamics in several forests and shallow marine environments in Taiwan. Our results demonstrate that the seasonal and diurnal changing patterns of geophony, biophony, and anthrophony can be effectively investigated. Besides, the spatial change of soundscape can also be discriminated according to the composition of soundscape scenes. After the biophony scenes have been identified, we can apply the same classifier again to measure the complexity of biological sounds and examine the variability of biodiversity. The current approach provides researchers and managers a visualization platform to monitor the dynamics of soundscape and to study the interactions among acoustic environment, biodiversity, and human activities in the future.