Analysis of wideband acoustic data from seafloor observatories and other sensors

Type: 
Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
programme: 
EMBC+
The thesis work is aimed at the analysis of acoustic data collected in the Mediterranean Sea by different marine sensors either mounted in static seafloor observatories, e.g. EMSO network, or on moving platforms, e.g. towed arrays used in oceanographic cruises. Data analysis is focused on sperm whales, to catalog their regional signals (codas), and to assess their size by analyzing the structure of their sounds. Depending on the chosen dataset, the focus could also be on fin whales and other cetacean species. Within this work, attention will be also given to anthropogenic noises recorded underwater and to the general description of soundscapes recorded. During the internship the student will also attend the course on Bioacoustics to acquire knowledge about marine mammals, their acoustic behavior, and the techniques used to capture and analyze their sounds.
prerequisites: 
interest in marine mammals and underwater acoustics. ability to work with computers and possibly with tools like matlab/R/Python and GIS. specific knowledge will be acquired by attending the bioacoustics course and the laboratories
Number of students: 
1
academic year: 
2015-2016
2016-2017
Contact person email: 
contact person first name: 
Gianni Pavan
Reference Number: RP-39701