2016年臺灣地球科學聯合學術研討會

2016/5/20

近海與海岸環境 Land-Ocean Interactions in the Changing Coastal Zones of Taiwan:
Scientific Basis and Societal Engagements

應用非監督式分類方法調查海洋聲景的時空變化

林子皓
國立台灣大學生態學與演化生物學研究所

海洋聲景由環境音、動物聲音與人為噪音所組成,是由各種水下聲音所構築而成的音響環境。環境音可能來自於風浪、海流、地震等等自然事件,受到海床地形、水文的變化,聲音在各地傳播的路徑有所不同,進而塑造出獨特的音響環境。動物音主要來自於海洋動物發聲,也可能來自動物移動過程或水面活動伴隨發出的聲音。動物音具有高度複雜的變異性,以鯨豚和魚類為例,不同種的聲音特徵有所差別,但同種的聲音卻也有可能受到行為影響而有著不同的結構。海域的人為噪音則以船隻交通、海洋工程的噪音為主,依據接受強度的不同,噪音可能會使動物受到生理傷害、干擾行為、遮蔽溝通,長期暴露下也可能增加免疫壓力。因此,調查海洋聲景不只可以協助我們了解海洋環境特性、海洋動物的種類組成與活動特性,更可以了解人為噪音對海洋生態的影響。近年來隨著水下技術的發展,國際上開始廣泛應用自動錄音機收集長時間水下錄音調查海洋聲景的時空變化。然而目前仍缺乏完整資料庫辨認各種聲音,也難以利用人工分析巨量錄音,因此阻礙了海洋聲景生態學的發展。本研究運用資訊分析技術,解析海洋聲景的事件組成,以進一步了解海洋環境與生態的動態變化。在野外取回水下錄音之後,計算每五分鐘水下錄音的平均功率頻譜,以壓縮大量的錄音資料,並將一系列的平均功率頻譜組合成長期時頻譜圖做為視覺化分析海洋聲景的基礎資料。此外,將每五分鐘的平均功率頻譜作為分析參數,經過多變數分析方法減少特徵向量的維度之後,利用區分資料在多重維度空間內的分佈叢集,作為非監督式分類海洋聲景事件的分析架構。本研究應用自行開發的演算法分析苗栗中港溪口附近海域的水下錄音資料,結果顯示海洋聲景的事件組成在以泥沙底質為主的河口海域以及礁石為主的人工魚礁附近有明顯的結構性差異。海洋聲景在河口海域以較為安靜的環境音、以及夜晚出現的石首魚群鳴唱為主,但在人工魚礁附近則是以吵雜的槍蝦聲音、以及傍晚過後出現的低頻魚群鳴音為主要的事件。透過視覺化分析海洋聲景事件組成的時序變化,將可協助海洋生態研究人員進一步了解各地的海洋動物群聚組成與生態系統的動態變化,並提供海洋生態保育經營的重要基礎資料。

Oceanoise Asia 2016

2016/4/20

Characterization of the marine soundscape at the core habitat of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins

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

Shane Guan
Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD, USA

The soundscape in shallow waters displays a high level of spatial variation due to the difference in ocean environments, biological communities, and human activities. Many marine animals rely on sound for orientation; therefore, the soundscape has been hypothesized as one of the environmental indicators for marine animals. The population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in western Taiwan waters is critically endangered. The anthropogenic noise might alter the marine soundscape evidently. However, the importance of soundscape for the habitat selection of cetacean remains unclear until now. In this study, underwater recorders were deployed in inshore waters to compare the difference of soundscape between the core habitat and non-core habitat of humpback dolphins. The result indicates that the composition of soundscape scene is different among our recording stations. At the core habitat, soundscape was characterized by the nighttime chorus of croakers and the quiet ambient sound in the daytime. On the contrary, snapping shrimp sounds represent the most dominated sound at the non-core habitats. The current result indicates that humpback dolphins prefer soundscape dominated by the chorus of their prey resources. The potential impacts of human activities on marine soundscape should be carefully evaluated in the future.

聽海洋的聲音? 從聲音訊號多樣性來探討魚類群聚的行為

生活在競爭激烈的社會中,大家都知道要去尋找『藍海』,而不是拼命地往『紅海』裡鑽。同樣的,各種動物為了減少彼此競爭資源的衝突,也在長期演化過程中發展出偏好不同資源的趨勢,在生態系統中佔據著不同區位。但大家可曾想過,『聲音空間』是否也是一種資源?

其實對於仰賴聲音求偶、競爭領域的動物來說,可供作溝通的領域、時間甚至頻率範圍都是一種另類的生存資源。如果『聲音空間』被別種動物佔據、或是被噪音干擾而無法和同種動物傳遞訊息,可能就會降低尋找同伴、交配的機會,甚至提高了和別種動物衝突的可能。就像待在一個吵鬧且缺乏光線的演唱會,台上的歌手用喇叭佔據了大部分的聲音空間。在缺乏可見度的狀況下,我們只能大聲喊叫,或是開啟假聲模式提高自己的發聲音頻,讓同伴在歌手所佔據的音頻範圍之外察覺到我們。為了避免陷入這種慘況,許多發聲昆蟲、蛙類、鳥類還有哺乳動物都會在聲音溝通中區隔出所偏好發聲的時間、音頻範圍。

但是對於共處一海域的魚類群聚來說,如何分享、利用所處的音響環境,並且能夠在吵雜的狀況下正確分辨同類聲音仍沒有明確結論。直到Ruppé等人於2013年春天,在南非Sodwana Bay外海約120公尺水深的海底峽谷收錄聲音。並將2793筆聲音訊號分為17大類,雖然沒有同步的錄影監視發聲動物,但根據聲音特徵幾乎可以確認其中有16大類屬於魚類叫聲,另一類則可能是齒鯨的脈衝聲波。

從各類聲音頻繁出現的時間,可再區分為白天和晚上出現的兩大類群。有趣的是,白天出現的聲音類群在聲學特徵上(脈衝波重複率和峰值頻率)較為相似,反而是在晚上出現的聲音類群中,各類聲音的特徵區分相當明顯。換句話說,比起白天的魚類聲音,晚上的魚類聲音多樣性較高。作者推測這是因為在白天活動的魚類主要依賴視覺展示溝通、求偶,聲音只是輔助的媒介。然而,晚上活動的魚類無法透過視覺觀察,必須仰賴聲音進行溝通。如果夜晚活動的各種魚類都使用極為相似的聲音,則可能會降低同種之間的溝通效率。這種在聲音使用上的限制,可能是夜間活動的魚類聲音具有豐富多樣性的原因。

Hastings 和Širović在2015年 PNAS 上的文章中也指出,聲學監測系統的研發在近年來大幅增加了我們對海洋聲景的了解,一旦能夠掌握各種魚類在不同行為的聲音特徵,即可透過海裡的聲音了解各種魚類的豐度與行為。即使現在還沒有辦法建立起完整的魚類聲音資料庫,也可以進行和Ruppé等人相似的研究,從水下錄音中透過聲音特徵在時間與空間上的變動趨勢,發掘出和當地魚類群聚相關的資訊。此外,在水下噪音汙染日漸增加在情況下,長期的水下錄音也可以協助我們了解魚類群聚的長期變化趨勢是否受到噪音污染的影響。

石首魚夏季鳴唱

石首魚冬季鳴唱

在台灣,雖然對於魚類群聚聲音的日夜變化還沒有詳盡的研究,但從不同季節之間的水下錄音也可以聽到石首魚在夏季和冬季之間的叫聲改變。這樣的改變是因為魚種的不同呢? 還是行為的改變? 還有待我們去發掘。

其實,透過水下錄音我們可以獲取非常大量的『聲態資訊』,生態學、海洋物理和資訊學門的跨領域合作,透過訊號偵測、大量資料分析等技術,將能夠進一步從海洋動物的聲音、海洋環境的聲景了解海洋生態與環境的變化。雖然目前這類研究在台灣學術界還非常的小眾,但在歐美已經是一個逐漸興盛的領域,並且廣泛的被應用在海洋魚類與海洋哺乳動物的生態調查、海洋工程的環境影響評估、甚至是海洋生態系的長期變遷研究之中。未來隨著台灣海洋再生能源的開發,相信這類的研究也會慢慢的在台灣擴展開來。

參考資料:

1. Philip A. Hastings and Ana Širović (2015) Soundscapes offer unique opportunities for studies of fish communities. PNAS, 112: 5866-5867.
2. Laëtitia Ruppé, Gaël Clément, Anthony Herrel, Laurent Ballesta, Thierry Décamps, Loïc Kéver, and Eric Parmentier (2015) Environmental constraints drive the partitioning of the soundscape in fishes. PNAS, 112: 6092-6097.

延伸閱讀1:【看啥小魚可以吃】有錢吃鮸,沒錢免吃!

延伸閱讀2:研究海洋生態保育魚類聲音藏玄機

International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems 2015 @ Hong Kong

1-4 June 2015

Seasonal changes in habitat use of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins at an estuary

Tzu-Hao Lin, Chia-Yun Lee, Lien-Siang Chou

Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, National Taiwan University

Tomonari Akamatsu

National Research Institute of Fisheries Engineering, Fisheries Research Agency

River estuaries are ecotone environments where freshwater and seawater mix together. Seasonal rainfall is likely to influence the salinity, turbidity, and development of estuarine fronts, thus alter the distribution of aquatic animals at an estuary. Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin is a coastal species that use estuaries as their core habitat. According to previous studies, the distribution of humpback dolphins in their estuarine habitat moved seaward during wet seasons. In addition, circling movement associated with the hunt for epipelagic fish increased during flooding tides. However, it remains unclear how seasonal rainfall influences the estuarine habitat use of humpback dolphins. During July 2009 and October 2014, acoustic data loggers were deployed at the Xin Huwei River estuary, Taiwan to record ultrasonic pulsed sounds. Biosonar clicks of humpback dolphins were detected using an automatic detection algorithm. The temporal variations of humpback dolphin behavior were investigated in terms of detection rate, occurrence pattern within the tidal cycle, echolocation behavior. The behavior of humpback dolphins significantly varied among the four monitoring sections and two periods (wet and dry seasons). The tide related occurrence was evident at the entire monitoring area during wet seasons, however, the similar occurrence pattern was only observed at the inner and outer estuary during dry seasons. In addition, long distance biosonars were much frequently detected at the inshore and offshore sections. During drought periods, the inshore and offshore sections are less likely to be influenced by the mixtures between freshwater and seawater. Our results suggest the river runoff may play an important factor in shaping the estuarine habitat use of humpback dolphins. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the interception of river runoff in the conservation management of humpback dolphins in an estuarine habitat.

New article online: Tidal influences on the habitat use of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in an estuary

New article online:

Publish in Marine Biology.

Tidal influences on the habitat use of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in an estuary

This paper offers the first study of diurnal variations in the use of an estuarine habitat by Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. Passive acoustic data loggers were deployed in the Xin Huwei River Estuary, Western Taiwan, from July 2009 to December 2010, to collect biosonar clicks. Acoustic encounter rates of humpback dolphins on the riverside of the estuary changed significantly over the four tidal phases, instead of the two diurnal phases based on the recordings from 268 days. Among the tidal phases, the encounter rates were lowest during ebb tides. Additionally, circling movements associated with the hunt for epipelagic fish significantly changed in temporal and spatial presence over the four tidal phases, matching the overall pattern of encounter rate changes in the focal estuary. Our findings suggest that the occurrence pattern and habitat utilization of humpback dolphins are likely to be influenced by the tidal-driven activity of their epipelagic prey.

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A coastal view of western Taiwan. The tidal difference can reach to 4 m in central western Taiwan, thus alter coastal environments and animals periodically.
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