Università degli Studi di Pavia

Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali

Via Taramelli 24 - 27100 Pavia - Italy
e-mail : cibra@unipv.it


News...

2013

November



Mario Pavan, 40 anni di studi e ricerche in giro per il mondo.
Dalla biospeleologia alla conservazione delle risorse terrestri.

 
mercoledì 20 novembre 2013, ore 17.30
 
Sala conferenze del Broletto, via Paratici 21 Pavia

 
 
Una giornata dedicata a Mario Pavan (1918-2003). Entomologo di fama internazionale, celebre studioso e appassionato viaggiatore, è sempre sceso sul campo conducendo spedizioni in numerosi paesi dell'Africa, Asia e America meridionale e ha raccolto una ricca ed eterogenea collezione entomologica, composta da circa 2.400 scatole, per un totale di oltre 250.000 esemplari.
 
Mario Pavan, 40 anni di studi e ricerche in giro per il mondo. Dalla biospeleologia alla conservazione delle risorse terrestri, questo è il titolo scelto per la conferenza ideata e organizzata dall'Assessorato alla Cultura, Turismo e Marketing territoriale del Comune di Pavia, in collaborazione con il Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali del Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e dell'Ambiente dell'Università degli Studi di Pavia, che si terrà mercoledì 20 novembre 2013 alle ore 17.30 nella Sala conferenze del Broletto, in via Paratici 21 a Pavia.
A moderare l'incontro sarà Gigliola De Martini.
Parteciperà in qualità di relatore Gianni Pavan, con interventi dei professori: Giorgio Mellerio, Roberto Schmidt, Gabriele Caccialanza, Luciano Valle.
 
Durante la conferenza saranno proiettate immagini e brevi video che illustrano oltre 40 anni di attività, viaggi e ricerche di Mario Pavan, per la comprensione del rapporto uomo-ambiente e lo sviluppo di nuove linee di pensiero per la conservazione delle risorse naturali.
A dieci anni dalla scomparsa, lo studio degli archivi documentari mostra un percorso complesso, articolato e interdisciplinare, dallo studio delle più piccole creature, le formiche, alla conservazione delle risorse del pianeta, con sempre al centro l'Università di Pavia e i suoi studenti.
In occasione dell'evento, saranno esposte fotografie significative dei viaggi e delle ricerche, pubblicazioni che mostrano, già dalle copertine molto esplicite, i temi della conservazione della natura negli anni Settanta del Novecento e reperti prelevati da Pavan durante le sue innumerevoli trasferte, volte a comprendere il rapporto tra le popolazioni incontrate e l'ambiente.



EMSO

EMSO - European Multidisciplinary Seafloor Observatory - Conference, Roma EUR, 13-15 novembre 2013
A series of posters on the NEMO-ONDE-LIDO-SMO activities will be presented to foster the implementation of bioacoustic studies on the EMSO network of submarine observatories. This is also aimed at supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (EC/2008/56).


Ottobre

Napoli, 8 ottobre 2013
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Villa Comunale
Sala Conferenze, ore 17.00
Good vibrations. Suono e comunicazione.
Incontro Dibattito.





XXIV IBAC congress in Brazil



The 6th International Workshop on
Detection, Classification, Localization, & Density Estimation
of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics
12 – 15 June, 2013, St Andrews



March


A new deep platform has been deployed by INFN within the Submarine Multidisciplinary Observatory project !
New sensors to listen to marine fauna !


Venerdi' 15 Maggio il Darwin Day all'Università di Parma !
con un intervento su Paesaggi sonori e biodversità acustica


A proposito della moria di stenelle che si sta registrando sulle nostre coste tirreniche:

“La segnalazione di animali spiaggiati da parte dei cittadini deve essera fatta alla Capitaneria di Porto di zona, oppure attraverso il numero blu 1530. In questo modo viene tempestivamente attivata la catena operativa creata da Ministero dell'Ambiente e Ministero della Salute per il recupero e lo studio degli animali spiaggiati. Sono le Capitanerie di Porto e gli Enti che intervengono successivamente (principalmente IZS, ASL, ARPA) a fornire i dati alla Banca Dati Spiaggiamenti gestita da CIBRA e Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano. Questa Rete sta mostrando la propria efficacia nell'affrontare il problema delle stenelle che si stanno spiaggiando sulle coste tirreniche con frequenza dieci volte superiore alla media degli ultimi anni. Gli Istituti Zooprofilattici stanno eseguendo i necessari esami isto-patologici per comprendere le cause della moria.”

http://www.minambiente.it/home_it/showitem.html?item=/documenti/comunicati/comunicato_0595.html&lang=it

http://www.minambiente.it/home_it/showitem.html?item=/documenti/comunicati/comunicato_0605.html&lang=it


Intervista su ClassTV sul tema degli spiaggiamenti e della moria di stenelle nel Mar Tirreno che la Banca Dati Spiaggiamenti sta evidenziando con i dati online

...anche su YouTube



February

Da fine dicembre si stanno registrando spiaggiamenti di stenelle in numero anomalo rispetto al passatto su tutta la costa Tirrenica, dalla Toscana alla Sicilia. Le regioni più colpite sono Toscana e Lazio. Il fenomeno è seguito dal Ministero dell'Ambiente e dal Ministereo della Salute. Il compito della BDS è di raccogliere tutti i dati che pervengono da fonti diverse, validarle e renderle disponibili online su http:\\mammiferimarini.unipv.it

January, 12th

Il 12 gennaio 2012 si è organizzato un incontro informale presso il CIBRA di un gruppo di bioacustici con l'intento di attivare iniziative tese a creare un network italiano di bioacustici che consenta di valorizzarne le esperienze professionali, accademiche e amatoriali. Si è parlato non solo di classica ricerca bioacustica finalizzata alla descrizione del comportamento comunicativo delle varie specie, ma si sono anche presi in considerazione i nuovi temi dell'ecologia acustica, dallo studio della biodiversità acustica allo studio del paesaggio sonoro con le sue molteplici potenzialità scientifiche, didattiche e divulgative. Un breve resoconto è pubblicato sul blog di ENTOMON.
La nuova rete, per ora informale, si caratterizza per interdisciplinarità e trasversalità. Il primo obittivo che ci si pone è un censimento di tutte le esperienze rilevanti nella bioacustica delle terre emerse, quale che ne sia il contesto, a patto che esse siano condotte in modo organico e con rispetto dei metodi scientifici.

A questo scopo, è stato predisposto un sondaggio online di cui è apprezzata la compilazione da parte di tutti coloro che si stanno dedicando con continuità alla registrazione, all’ascolto e allo studio dei suoni in natura.

Ulteriori informazioni

2012

December

New publications:

Pavan G., 2012. Paesaggi sonori terrestri e marini. In: “Filogenesi e ontogenesi della musica”, a cura di Avanzini G., Longo T., Majno M., Malavasi S., Martinelli D., pp 45-54. Franco Angeli Editore. ISBN 978-88-204-1130-5.

Pavan G., 2012. Paesaggi sonori e ricerca bioacustica. Picus, 38 (1): 62-63. ISSN 0394-2937.

Polidori C., Ruffato G., Borruso L., Settanni C., Pavan G., 2012. Stridulatory organ and distress call in males and females of a small velvet ant (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Bioacoustics. DOI:10.1080/09524622.2012.736241

Riccobene G., Ameli F., Bellotti G., Favali P., Pavan G., Simeone F., Viola S., 2012. Il Progetto SMO: Submarine Multidisciplinary Observatory. Atti 39° Convegno AIA, Roma: 6pp.

Pavan G., Pavan G., 2012. Le attività in Africa di Mario Pavan e dell’Istituto di Entomologia dell’Università di Pavia. Natura - Soc. it. Sci. nat. Museo civ. Stor. nat. Milano, 103 (1): 199-210.

Favali P., Francesco Chierici, Giuditta Marinaro, Gabriele Giovanetti, Adriano Azzarone, Laura Beranzoli, Angelo De Santis, Davide Embriaco, Stephen Monna, Nadia Lo Bue, Tiziana Sgroi, Gianfranco Cianchini, Lucio Badiali, Member, IEEE, Enkelejda Qamili, Maria Grazia De Caro, Giuseppe Falcone, Caterina Montuori, Francesco Frugoni,  , Giorgio Riccobene, Mario Sedita, Giovanni Barbagallo, Giorgio Cacopardo, Claudio Calì, Rosanna Cocimano, Rosa Coniglione, Michele Costa, Antonio D’Amico, Francesco Del Tevere, Carla Distefano, Francesco Ferrera, Valentina Giordano, Massimo Imbesi, Dario Lattuada, Emilio Migneco, Mario Musumeci, Angelo Orlando, Riccardo Papaleo, Paolo Piattelli, Guido Raia, Alberto Rovelli, Piera Sapienza, Fabrizio Speziale, Agata Trovato, Salvatore Viola, Fabrizio Ameli, Maurizio Bonori, Antonio Capone, Rocco Masullo, Francesco Simeone, Luca Pignagnoli, Nevio Zitellini, Federico Bruni, Francesco Gasparoni, and Gianni Pavan, 2013. NEMO-SN1 Abyssal Cabled Observatory in the Western Ionian Sea. IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING.


New software:
Ultrasonic audio router and recorder

Audiogem è un software per ambiente Windows nato per l'acquisizione, la registrazione e la distribuzione in rete locale e di flussi audio fino alle frequenze ultrasoniche. Compatibilità con schede WDM, ASIO e NI-DAQ.

            AUDIOGEM è un prodotto Novagem Solutions sviluppato per un mercato di nicchia e poi divenuto un software custom utilizzato in alcuni ambiti della ricerca scientifica per il monitoraggio ambientale. La sua particolarità principale è quella di fungere da convogliatore e smistatore digitale dei flussi audio potendo egli gestire un elevato numero di sorgenti e destinazioni.

http://www.novagemsolutions.com/it-it/businesscase/ultrasonicaudiorouterandrecorder.aspx


September
 

CIBRA participates to the Symposium "Biodiversity Technologies" held by the Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford, UK, 27-28 September 2012, with an invited lecture on soundscapes.


Download the poster of the symposium
Download the CIBRA presentation

Summary video


July

SMO platforms ONDE2 and SN1 have been successfully deployed and provide multidisciplinary data, including a wideband continuous bioacoustic stream. Selected acoustic data from SN1 platform are transferred daily to CIBRA for studying the presence of sperm whales in the area. This is a follow-up of the previous research based on the NEMO-ONDE platform that was active in years 2005 and 2006.  Learn more on the dedicated SMO webpages: http://web.infn.it/smo/index.php


We are glad to announce an international workshop organized by CIBRA will be held in Erice, Sicily, in October 2013. Details will come soon on a dedicated webpage.


Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture (Erice, Sicily, Italy)

International School of Ethology

Directors of the School: Prof. Danilo Mainardi, Prof. Stefano Parmigiani


October 18-21, 2013

International workshop

Cetacean echolocation  and outer space neutrinos: ethology and physics for an interdisciplinary approach to underwater bioacoustics and astrophysical particles detection


Directors of the workshop

 

Gianni Pavan (Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali, University of Pavia, Italy)

Peter Tyack (Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK)

Giorgio Riccobene (INFN-LNS, Catania, Italy)

William A. Barletta (US Particle Accelerator School; Dept. of Physics, MIT, Cambridge, MA, US)

 



June
a research campaign in the Ligurian Sea has been conducted jointly by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (US), St Andrews University (UK), and CIBRA (I) to study beaked whales by using passive monitoring techniques and DTAGs. Resaearcher of these institutions spent a month on board of the Aleph, the motorsailer of the research center Ambiente Mare (www.ambientemare.org), conducted by Gionata Montesi. To track beaked whales during their deep dives, two hydrophone arrays designed at CIBRA were towed at slow speed and the received signals displayed on the multichannel display of the SeaPro software. The tracking allowed to predict the time and location of their surfacings to drive the taggers' boat as close as possible to the emerging animals. Results will be published soon.

January

a new documentary film by Jerome Julienne and John Jackson has been released; the French version "Vacarme en haute mer" has been already broadcast on France 2 TV. The international version will be available soon. It is the first documentary entirely dedicated to the problem of the underwater noise and its impacts on marine mammals. It has been made with the scientific support of CIBRA / University of Pavia (Gianni Pavan & Claudio Fossati). It can be seen here.

2011

December
 the last SIRENA cruise of the year (December 7th - 18th) to map the winter presence of marine mammals in the Ligurian sea by both visual and acoustic observations.

News about SoundScapes....
two great recordings of red deers roaring in the Cansiglio Forset have been uploaded to SoundCloud: listen them at the address http://soundcloud.com/cibra-1
for a great listening experience use an headphone, however the recording techniques used allow to get a very good spatial sound scene even with loudspeakers

The proceedings of the IBAC congress held in Pavia in 2007 have been published:

Bioacoustics Volume 20 No 3 (2011) ISSN 0952-4622
The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording
Published in association with the British Library Sound Archive

Editor: Peter K. McGregor, Cornwall College, Newquay, UK
Managing Editor: Richard Ranft, The British Library
Sound Archive, London, UK

Advances in Bioacoustics III
Special Issue

Selected papers from the XXI International Bioacoustics Congress,
Pavia, Italy, September 15-18, 2007

Edited by Gianni Pavan, CIBRA, Pavia, Italy

November

another SIRENA cruise (October 19th - November 1st) in the Ligurian sea has been just concluded by the NURC team devoted to study marine mammals acoustics to better support their conservation. CIBRA participated with its own acoustic equipment to provide expert based real-time classification of sounds received by multiple sensors. The goal was to compare the uman experts capabilities with the results of several automatic classification algorithms running on powerful computers.


September

The XXIII meeting of the International BioAcoustic Coucil (IBAC) has been held in La Rochelle, France, 12-16 September 2011. More information are available on the website: http://www.cb.u-psud.fr/ibac2011

July

The CIBRA team will be again on the NRV Alliance to study marine mammals in the Ligurian Sea (July 22 - August 1). The cruise is organized by NURC, the NATO research center located in La Spezia. Two more cruises are planned in October and December to study the presence, distribution and behaviour of marine mammals in autumn and winter, two seasons in which our knowledges are very scarce. Research on board are within the framework of the PoMM Project.

Il 10 luglio, al Giardino Botanico Alpino di Pietra Corva, a Romagnese, la Provincia di Pavia organizza
il secondo evento della rassegna "REstate in Giardino"
"Le voci della Natura"
invito all'ascolto dei canti animali e dei paesaggi sonori
Una passeggiata nel giardino per osservare piante alpine di tutto il mondo e per ascoltare la fauna locale.
Con esperti di bioacustica ci si soffermerà all'ascolto dei canti e si tratteranno le tecniche di registrazione e studio.
Con Gianni Pavan (CIBRA) dell'Università di Pavia e Vera Pianetta (Volo di Rondine)

Il giardino del CIBRA è ora costantemente monitorato con l'UltraMic250k, un netbook e il software SeaWave per scoprire i pipistrelli che frequentano l'area tra il CIBRA e il campo sportivo. La nuova versione di SeaWave ha uno speciale trigger spettrale che consente di registrare su file wav, a 250k campioni al secondo, solo quando ci sono i segnali di ecolocalizzazione dei pipistrelli.

June

E' stato pubblicato su ARPATnews di Giugno un breve report sulla crociera condotta da CIBRA per studiare lo Zifio nel Tirreno e testare nuovi strumenti di detezione nell'ambito del Progetto GIONHA.

Il team CIBRA dal 12 al 17 giugno 2011 su "Adriatica", la barca di Turisti per caso, per la tutela dell’ambiente marino nel Mediterraneo nell'ambito di un progetto internazionale di OceanTeam. Comunicato Università. La Nazione. Servizio Radio24 con interviste. Il progetto è realizzato con la collaborazione del CSSN della Marina Militare Italiana.

May

May 22, the CIBRA Team was embarked on the RV Planet (Germany) to perform an acoustic/visual survey organized by FWG around the Azores to investigate on warm currents, underwater mountains and the presence of marine mammals. Among the goals of the cruise there is the evaluation and comparison of different PAM tools for the EDA PoMM Project.

March

A short article on our activities has been published on the Symmetry Magazine:
http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/cms/?pid=1000860#2

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the XXIII meeting of the International BioAcoustic Council (IBAC) that will be held in the city of La Rochelle, France, from 12-16 September 2011 at the Aquarium.

The objective of IBAC meeting is to promote international participation throughout the entire field of bioacoustical activity. The subject of bioacoustics is principally a marriage between the fields of biology and physical acoustics. Given its multidisciplinary nature, IBAC aims to bring together, in informal settings, biologists from different specialisms (ethologists, physiologists, taxonomists, etc) with engineers, sound archivists and amateur sound recordists, to foster discussion and exchange of ideas.
More information are available on the following website: http://www.cb.u-psud.fr/ibac2011

2010

December
                    The IT Navy and CIBRA signed a contract to develop together the European Defence Agency's project PoMM (Protection Of Marine Mammals); Nations participating to the project: IT, DE, NL, NO, SE.

A nice article with references to our work has been published by iSTGW. Read it here.

September

A booklet with CD has been published by the CIBRA Team:
Simoni E., Pavan G.,  2010. Voci e silenzi della Garzaia. Provincia di Pavia. 1-58.


The book "Manual on Field Recording Techniques and Protocols for All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories", an impressive volume of more than 650 pages, is now published and available online. It includes a chapter on bioacoustic techniques:

Obrist M.K., Pavan G., Sueur J., Riede K., Llusia D. and Márquez R., 2010. Bioacoustic approaches in biodiversity inventories. In: Manual on Field Recording Techniques and Protocols for All Taxa Biodiversity Inventories, Abc Taxa, Vol. 8: 68-99.
Available online at:http://www.abctaxa.be/volumes/volume-8-manual-atbi/volumes/volume-8-manual-atbi/chapter-5/
The whole book is also available at: http://www.abctaxa.be/volumes/volume-8-manual-atbi

August

The EDA-POMM Project (European Defence Agency - Protection of Marine Mammals) has been approved and now starts. Main aims of the project is to develop a common database platform and specific acoustic devices to protect marine mammals against sonar operations. Italy is represented by Italian Navy and CIBRA.

Three great videos have been published on http://www.natochannel.tv about the research cruise SIRENA 2010: to find them type "marine mammals" in the search box. You can also download them.

The proceedings of the DCL/DE workshops held in Pavia in September 2009 are now online on the ScienceDirect website:

Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Detection, Classification and Localization of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics and 1st International Workshop on Density Estimation of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics
Edited by Gianni Pavan, Olivier Adam and Len Thomas
Applied Acoustics, Volume 71, Issue 11,  Pages 991-1112 (November 2010)

July
First announcement of the proceedings of the IBAC Congress held in Pavia in 2007
Advances in Bioacoustics III
Selected papers from the XXI International Bioacoustics Congress, Pavia, Italy, 2007
Bioacoustics Volume 20 No 2-3
In Press

May
SIRENA 2010 is going on.... see the official blog on http://sirena10.blogspot.com/

April

The CIBRA team is ready to embark on the NRV Alliance for a new research cruise named SIRENA 2010 organized by NURC, the NATO Undersea Research Center. The 45 days long mission is the mapping of marine mammals in the Gulf of Cadiz and adjacent waters by means of visual observation and acoustic monitoring. New instruments, developed by CIBRA and by other Institutes will be tested. The main equipment for the acoustic detection of marine mammals is a pair of wideband towed array designed and built at CIBRA by CIBRA and RightWaves. Students of the course on "Terrestraial and Marine Bioacoustics" will be part of the acoustic team onboard.

L’ADM, Associazione Didattica Museale e il CIBRA dell’Università di Pavia presentano una novità nel panorama didattico italiano, un percorso di bioacustica per insegnare agli studenti i segreti del suono e le implicazioni per la comunicazione animale. Il percorso rivolto alle scuole primarie e secondarie di primo grado si svolge tra le sale del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano e gli spazi innovativi del Biolab nei Giardini Indro Montanelli.

 Download la presentazione del percorso.



March


The final research report on the Research Cruise MED09 is available at: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=33519
Please click on the above link and find the report listed on the right hand side under Related Files.

2009

December

A paper on the CIBRA activities within the INFN NEMO-ONDE Project entitled "The neutrino and the whale" has been published on Nature n 462, December 3rd, 2009.

Nature: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091202/full/462560a.html
write to gianni.pavan@unipv.it to get a copy of the article.

PhysicsToday: http://blogs.physicstoday.org/newspicks/2009/12/the-neutrino-and-the-whale.html

Comunicato ANSA: http://www.ansa.it/ambiente/notizie/notiziari/natura/20091222192035001690.html

Science 2007: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/315/5816/1199d

September


4th International Workshop on Detection, Classification and Localization of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics

1st International Workshop on Density Estimation of Marine Mammals Using Passive Acoustics

Cairoli College, University of Pavia, Italy
September 2009, 10th - 13th



The MED09, a 5 weeks research cruise on the NRV Alliance, was very successfull for the CIBRA team who was able to detect and track several Cuvier's beaked whales. The CIBRA system, based on two arrays of hydrophones towed in parallel and a sophisticate software, allowed researchers to track the underwater movements of whales diving 500 to 2000 meters deep and to predict their emersion time and location with high precision. Another goal was the real-time integration of acoustic and visual detections into a GIS to follow both diving and surfacing animals.

Preliminary results have been presented to the
3rd Intergovernmental Conference:  The Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals
organized by NURC in Lerici, September 7th - 9th,
and to the "ONR PI Meeting" in Alexandria (US), December 7th - 10th.

July & August

Read a CIBRA profile published on Science and Technology 4, 2009  (.pdf)


CIBRA participates to the MED09 cruise in the Mediterranean Sea with grants from the US Office of Naval Research. The cruise is onboard the NATO RV Alliance, an especially quiet ship very well suited for bioacoustic research on marine mammals. Aim of the cruise is to conduct a visual and acoustic survey in three key areas of the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands, the Alboran Sea (already investigated in 2008 with the SIRENA 08 cruise), and the Central Thyrrenian Sea. Target species of the cruise are the Pilot whales and Cuvier's beaked whales; the plan is to tag these whales with the D-TAG developed by WHOI and then to study their reaction to well controlled, safe for the animals, exposures of sonar-like sounds. This approach, called Behavioural Response Study (BRS), is done under US permission given to Peter Tyack (WHOI) and is conducted with a strict protocol to assure the safety of target animals, and of non target animals too, under the control of a truly international team of researchers.
CIBRA has been invited to participate to provide Passive Acoustic Monitoring capabilities that proved successfull to detect and track the weak Cuvier's beaked whales sounds. With the CIBRA PAM system, and with other new experimental  acoustic systems, the team will continuosly control the animal's emissions to reveal any possible change in their vocal beheviour that could be an early effect of the exposure.

CIBRA participation is supported by ONR grants.

Read the blog of the cruise on http://med09-expedition.blogspot.com

June & July

CIBRA researchers and collaborators build two new towed arrays and start developing new underwater recording systems to be used for monitoring endangered marine mammals species. The new equipment will be tested at sea in the incominc MED09 cruise in the Western Mediterranean Sea.

May

The US Office of Naval Research provides financial and scientific sponsorship to the DCL & DE workshops being organized by CIBRA (September 2011).
Scientfic sponsorship is also given by NURC and ACCOBAMS.

Two important books on underwater bioacoustics recently published:
WEBB J.F., POPPER A.N., FAY R.R., 2008. Fish Bioacoustics. Springer: 1-319.
AU W.W.L., HASTINGS M.C., 2008. Principles of Marine Bioacoustics. Springer: 1-679.
for other books jump here: http:www.unipv.it/cibra/edu_book_uk.html

 

The Second International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life will take place in Ireland in August 2010. The main emphasis of the conference will be on defining the current state of knowledge and to assess progress in the three years since the First conference. The Second conference will place strong emphasis on recent research results, the sharing of ideas, discussion of experimental approaches, and analysis of regulatory issues.

The premise of these meetings is that sound is important for many aquatic organisms, including marine mammals, fish, and some invertebrates. Sound is used for communicating, navigating, seeking out prey and avoiding predators. Hearing is an everyday sense, detecting the many changes that are taking place around the animal. The goal of the conference is to draw together new knowledge on the importance of underwater sound to animals and to the effects of sounds upon them, whether those sounds occur naturally, are made by the animals themselves, or result from human activities.

A wide range of sources of underwater sound will be considered at the conference, including those generated by explosions, ships, seismic exploration, offshore construction, sonars of various types, acoustic deterrent devices and of course sounds made by aquatic animals themselves.

More information here: http://aquaticnoise.umd.edu/

April

April 23, 15:00 - Dipartimento di Biologia Animale, Piazza Botta 10

Workshop organizzato da CIBRA e Tethys

I CETACEI DEL MEDITERRANEO
ricerca e conservazione
Alla scoperta delle balene e dei delfini del Mar Mediterraneo:
l’esperienza di chi li studia da vicino


2nd announcement of the 4th International Workshop on Detection, Classification and Localization of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics & 1st International Workshop on Density Estimation of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics (University of Pavia, September 10-13, 2009).

The workshops will be sponsored by US Office of Naval Research.

CIBRA participates to BRS09 and MED09 meetings held at NURC, La Spezia, to discuss about Behavioural Response Studies and the organization of the research cruise MED 09. CIBRA participates to the cruise with two researchers and the equipment developed for mapping the presence of marine mammals and Cuvier's beaked whales by detecting their acoustic signals. The equipment was successfully used in the NURC cruise SIRENA 08 to map the presence of Cuvier's beaked whales in the Alboran Sea. For MED 09 a second wideband towed array will be built to allow the towing of two arrays in parallel to improve detection and localization capabilities.

Participation to MED 09 will be granted by the US Office of Naval Research.

February

XXII IBAC Conference
14-18 September, 2009
Lisbon, Portugal

The 22th International Conference of the International Bioacoustics
Council (IBAC) will be held from 14-18 September 2009 at Calouste
Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal.
Please visit the conference website at http://www.ibac.info/xxii_lisboa/

 

The Strandings DataBase has been further improved with a bibliographic archive and a image gallery. Contents of the two new archives are linked to recorded strandings.

 

L'inizio del corso di "Bioacustica terrestre e marina" è stato fissato per il giorno 3 Marzo.

January

CIBRA has been invited to take part to the MED 09 cruise to study Cuvier's beaked whales in the Mediterranean and to support WHOI's behavioural response tests to study beaked whales reactions to sound exposure.

CIBRA has been invited to participate to an EDIT workshop in the Canary Island and to contribute to the production on a comprehensive manual on the field techniques that can be used to inventory and monitor the biodiversity of natural habitats.

2008

December

Since the mid of December the Strandings DataBase can be accessed either in Italian or English.

October

International Conference Passive 08, NURC & CIBRA present a talk on the acoustic detection and classification of the Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris. The presentation is based on the excellent results obtained in the Alboran Sea (Sirena 08) by using CIBRA equipment.

September

CIBRA contributes to the EDIT Summer School 2008: 'Modern Taxonomy and Field Work' with field lessons and exercises on bioacoustic recording techniques.

CIBRA organizes an important event to be held in September 2009: two joint workshops on the use of Passive Acoustics to detect marine mammals and map their distribution and density.

4th International Workshop on Detection, Classification and Localization of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics & 1st International Workshop on Density Estimation of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics University of Pavia, September 10-13, 2009

The workshops will include DECAF meeting, restricted to people directing the DECAF (Density Estimation for Cetaceans from Passive Acoustic Fixed Sensors) Project coordinated by StAndrews University (UK).

June

CIBRA successfully participated to SIRENA '08, a research cruises organized by NURC onboard the NRV Alliance. The goal of the cruise was to perform a 'state of the art' visual and acoustic survey in the Alboran Sea to map the presence of marine mammals and to develop a model to correlate their distribution with environmental and oceanographical parameters. The survey covered the area four times in 20 days to study the coherence of the resulting data. In the latest section of the cruise was devoted to tagging Cuivier's beaked whales with the WHOI Team. In the cruise three different acoustic detection systems have been tested and compared. One of these was the CIBRA array that successfully allowed to detect Cuvier's beaked whales and map their presence around the Isle of Alboran.

May

Si è tenuto a Olbia il 9 e 10 Maggio 2008 il 1° Corso Regionale dedicato al tema degli spiaggiamenti dei Cetacei. Il Corso dal titolo “Gli Spiaggiamenti dei Cetacei, protocolli d'intervento” è promosso dall'Assessorato Difesa Ambiente della Regione Sardegna, dalla Rete Regionale per la Conservazione della Fauna Marina, dalla Provincia di Olbia Tempio (Settore Ambiente), dall'Area Marina Protetta di Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo e dal CRiMM onlus (Centro Ricerca Mammiferi Marini), con il patrocinio del Comune di Olbia e la collaborazione del CIBRA e della Banca Dati Spiaggiamenti.

Comunicato stampa (pdf) - Programma (pdf)

April

CIBRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to setup a 5 year cooperation program with NURC.

La Banca Dati Spiaggiamenti e le attività di coordinamento ad essa correlati sono state presentati al workshop “L’Italia nell’ambito degli accordi Pelagos e ACCOBAMS: stato dell’arte delle attività di ricerca e definizione degli indirizzi” (Roma 9-10 Aprile 2008) organizzato dall’ICRAM e dal Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare.

January

January: The National Marine Mammals' Strandings Database in now online at the pages
 http://www.unipv.it/cibra/spiaggiamenti.html
http://mammiferimarini.unipv.it

The database is the result of a project granted by the Italian Ministry of the Environment; the project is aimed at developing an efficient stranding network and the connections with the institutions interested in studying and monitoring the marine environment.

2007

October

A temporary exhibit (October-December 2007) at the University of Pavia illustrates the studies carried out by the zoologist Pietro Pavesi who teached at the University of Pavia at the end of XIX century. A multimedial exhibit allows to listen to the sounds of birds living in the area when Pavesi teached in Pavia as well as to today's species and soundscapes.

A guide to the soundscapes of the "Foresta Regionale Valsolda" has been published with a CD companion. It is distributed by ERSAF.

July

it is now online the website of the ornithological trail "Walter Corti" ( http://www.sentierocorti.it ). The website illustrates the trail, the habitats, and the species that can be heard with their sound recordings and spectrograms. The trail has been set within the frame of the "Soundscapes Project", that includes educational trails to discover natural habitats and their voices.

February

On February 23, 11 AM, Prof. A.H.Bass from Cornell University presented a lecture on the neurobiology of acoustic communication in teleost fishes. The lecture, organized by CIBRA and by the Dept. of Animal Biology, has been held in one of the historical lecture halls of Palazzo Botta.

The preliminary results of the INFN NEMO ONDE Project have had a large diffusion on both the national and the international press.

January

Along with the XXI IBAC Congress CIBRA will organize the "2nd European workshop on animal sound research and libraries". The workshop will take place during the IBAC Congress.

A special edition of the CD on Marine mammals of the Mediterranean and Black Sea has been requested by ACCOBAMS:

 

2006

December:

The XXI IBAC Congress will be organized by CIBRA and it will be hosted in the historical buildings of the University of Pavia, September 15th to 18th, 2007.

The NEMO-ONDE underwater acoustic platform has been switched off to be replaced by another NEMO experiment. In two years of activity the ONDE experiments generated about two TB of acoustic data that document, for the first time, the frequent presence of sperm whales on the east coast of Sicily. Other than for the biological results the experiment was a success for the technologies entirely designed and built at INFN and for the software developed at CIBRA. Data processing is being completed for year 2005. Analysis of data gathered in 2006 will begin shortly.

November:

CIBRA has been invited to attend the 4th meeting of the ACCOBAMS Scientific Committee to present the document "Guidelines to address the issue of the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals in the ACCOBAMS area." prepared by Gianni Pavan for the ACCOBAMS Secretariat. The document has been accepted with no reserves and a strong set of recommendations has been produced.

CIBRA has been invited to present a talk on the impact on noise on marine mammals at the next UDT (Underwater Defence Technologies) Conference to be held in Napoli, June 2007.

October:

CIBRA participated to the "1st European workshop on animal sound research and libraries", hosted by the Fonoteca Zoologica, Madrid 27-30 September 2006, within the activities of EDIT Workpackage 4. Researchers working with bioacoustic collections agreed to create the “European Network of Bioacoustic Collections for Taxonomy and Conservation”.

May:

CIBRA participates to the Scientific Committee of the 58° IWC meeting.Gianni Pavan has been designated as a member of the Italian delegation and he presented three papers on CIBRA activities at the Seismic Workshop.

E' stato finalmente istituito il corso di "Bioacustica terrestre e marina" nell'ambito del Corso di Laurea in Scienze della Natura. Il corso, facoltativo nell' a.a. 2006-2007 quotato 4 crediti, verrà molto probabilmente convertito in obbligatorio con 6 crediti nel successivo a.a.

March:

CIBRA and Parco Pineta di Appiano Gentile e Tradate have signed an agreement to cooperate for the study and valorization of natural soundscapes even in those areas where the human presence and noises can be heard. The agreement includes the realization of a bioacoustic section, entitled "The voices of Nature" at the Natural History Museum "Antonio Stoppani" in Venegono (CO).

On March 26th a naturalistic trail named "Il sentiero delle Uccellande" was opened to the public. A CD Audio with sound recordings of the species and of the soundscapes of the "Parco Pineta" was also presented. It was made by Guido Pinoli and Gianni Pavan for the Parco Pineta. It is available for 10€ by writing to gianni.pavan@unipv.it

February:

CIBRA has been desigated to participate to the 58° IWC meeting as a member of the Italian Scientific Delegation with the purpose of discussing about the impact of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals and the mitigation rules to be adopetd to preserve the marine fauna.

2005

December:

16th SMM Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
San Diego, California, USA: 12-16 December

November:

2nd International Workshop on Detection and Localization of Marine Mammals using Passive Acoustics
Oceanographic Museum, Principato di Monaco: 16-18 November

Convegno Nazionale del Centro Studi Cetacei
Sperlonga, Italia: 25-27 November

October: the CDROM on marine mammals of the Mediterranean Sea, edited by Bruno Cozzi (Univ. di Padova) and coauthored by many italian scientist, has been published. It is in Italian, but the english version is in development. The CDROM includes photographs, videos and a chapter on marine mammals' acoustics with sound files and spectrograms. It also include a comprehensive list of italian institutions, scientists and scientific literature concerned with marine mammals.

It is now distributed in the main book shops and it will available for online shopping soon. In the meanwhile orders can be sent to the Publisher massimo.valdina@libero.it . In Pavia it can be purchased at the blook shop Libreria CLU,Via San Fermo 3.

 

 

September: CIBRA participates in the Ziphius '05 sea trial organized by NURC in the Ligurian Sea to investigate on the Ziphius cavirostris behaviour and habitat. CIBRA researcher were on the Krill, a katamaran, to perform an acoustic survey with their equipment and also to support visual observations.

The XX IBAC conference has been held in Pirano, Slovenia: 15-19 September.

The next IBAC conference will be organized by CIBRA at the University of Pavia, Italy, early September 2007.

The new official IBAC website is now online at http://www.ibac.info/index.html

The abstracts of the XIX IBAC meeting held in Brazil in 2003 are available online

August: The CIBRA website has been renewed and updated. Many new chapters are now available!

July: a very interesting book has been published by Springer Verlag: P.Wille, Sound Images of the Ocean.
The book is about acoustic techniques used to investigate underwater; a chapter is dedicated to marine mammal sounds with images and spectrograms provided by CIBRA

May: CIBRA participates in the CEDAR research cruise on the RV Endeavor. The cruise, in the Mediterranean Sea, is aimed at testing new radar processing algorithms to detect and track marine mammals at the surface.

January: The NEMO deep water acoustic station has been successfully deployed 25 km off Catania on January 22th; since then it transmits broadband acoustic data to the INFN labs in Catania. CIBRA participated in the design of the acoustic equipment and analyses received data.

2004

INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION, Sorrento, Italy: luglio 2004
Dr Gianni Pavan, representing the CIBRA, participates to the IWC meeting as a member of the Italian Delegation

2003

The abstracts of the XVII IBAC meeting have been published on Bioacoustics Volume 13 No 1 (2002) : 77-102. The abstracts of the XVIII meeting, held in Cogne (Italy) in September 2001, are published on Volume 13 No 2: 175-207.

The next IBAC conference will take place in Brasil, August 10-15, 2003.

On day November 30th, the Annual General Meeting of the Centro Studi Cetacei (CSC) will be held in Rome at the Civic Museum of Zoology.

Convegno MARE E SALUTE - Pavia, 21 novembre 2003
Organizzato dalla Sezione di Pavia della Lega Navale Italiana presso l'Università di Pavia, Sede Centrale

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) organizes the "1st Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals". The conference will be held at the University of Maryland College Park (USA), July 27-30, 2003.

2002

The education and training program for year 2002 is now available. It includes the workshop "Cetacean Research and Conservation in the Ionian Sea", Sicily, September 8th-16th, 2002

CIBRA and CSC successfully participated to the SIRENA 02 cruise organized by Saclant Undersea Research Center within the SOLMAR Research Program.

The "5° National Conference on marine mammals and turtles" will be held in Tuscany, December 6th to 9th, 2001, in one of the villages of Monte Argentario (GR). It is organized by the Centro Studi Cetacei (CSC), the organization which manages the Italian National Stranding Network. Further information, abstract submission and subscription forms will be available in .pdf format on the CSC web site http://www.centrostudicetacei.org


CIBRA supports Zoönomia's Zanzibar Cetacean Conservation Project for the season 2001 by providing technical equipment as well as expertise, in order to carry out acoustic surveys and recordings on cetaceans ranging in the Archipelago of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The project started in 1999 and mainly focuses on the ecology of the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin (Sousa plumbea). Downloadable papers on previous years' results are available at http://web.tiscali.it/zoonomia/bibliografia/index01.htm. Further info are available on the Zoönomia web site.



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