Improving the evaluation of soundscape variability via blind source separation

Presented in 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America @ New Orleans, USA

Improving the evaluation of soundscape variability via blind source separation

Tzu-Hao Lin, Yu Tsao
Research Center for Information Technology Innovation, Academia Sinica

Tomonari Akamatsu
National Research Institute of Fisheries Science, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency

Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Joe Chun-Chia Huang
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica

Chiou-Ju Yao
National Museum of Natural Science

Shih-Hua Fang
Department of Electrical Engineering, Yuan Ze University


Evaluation of soundscape variability is essential for acoustic-based biodiversity monitoring. To study biodiversity change, many researchers tried to quantify the complexity of biological sound. However, the analysis of biological sound remains difficult because the soundscape is made up of multiple sound sources. To facilitate the acoustic analysis, we have applied non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) to separate different sound sources in an unsupervised manner. NMF is a self-learning algorithm which factorizes a non-negative matrix as a basis matrix and an encoding matrix. Based on the periodicity information learned from the encoding matrix, biological chorus and the other noise sources can be efficiently separated. Besides, vocalizations of different species can also be separated by using the encoding information learned from multiple layers of NMF and convolutive NMF. In this presentation, we will demonstrate the application of NMF-based blind source separation in the analysis of long-duration field recordings. Our preliminary results suggest that NMF-based blind source separation can effectively recognize biological and non-biological sounds without any learning database. It can also accurately differentiate different vocalizing animals and improve acoustic-based biodiversity monitoring in a noisy environment.









The government devised the offshore wind promotion strategy with 3 phases, which include Demonstration Incentive Program, Zone Application for Planning, and Zonal Development. The demonstration incentive program was announced in 2012, and three projects have been selected accordingly. Then, the Directions of Zone Application for Planning (DZAP) was announced in 2015. More than 20 projects have applied for the DZAP, and they are required to pass environmental impact assessments (EIA) to obtain the first step approval for construction. However, the impact of underwater noise on marine mammal during construction and operation phases are very complex. The key issue is that the underwater noise monitoring method has no international standards and it is difficult to measure sufficient and valid data at sea. Moreover, EIA needs very detailed planning and comprehensive preparation to obtain data and analyze the impact assessment from underwater noise. More than 10 countries in Europe already installed offshore wind farms and employ different assessment methods for underwater noise impact. The requirement of the German government’s technical guidelines for underwater noise monitoring and assessment is most rigid and strict. Since 2008, the EU has proposed the “Good Environmental State (GES)” framework for the member states to achieve requirements for the offshore wind energy development monitoring and evaluation. The United States announced the Marine Mammal Acoustic Technical Guidance in 2016, which provides several acoustic thresholds on different species of marine mammal. This study will discuss the latest international technical guidelines for underwater noise monitoring and assessment. Finally, we carried out the report included the applicable method of underwater noise monitoring and assessment based on the development of offshore wind farms in Taiwan.

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