Università degli Studi di Pavia
Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche AmbientaliVia Taramelli 24 - 27100 Pavia - Italy
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European Nature Conservation Year - 1995
More than 25 years ago, the Council of
Europe launched its first nature conservation campaign,
making Europeans generally aware of the overriding need to
protect our environment.
CIBRA, in collaboration with other national and international institutions, partecipates to the European Nature Conservation Year with the following activities:
Research cruises in the Mediterranean Sea to study cetacean acoustics and behaviour
The activity of the Laboratory of Marine Bioacoustics focuses on the development of research projects on the acoustic communication in marine animals, the study of practical applications in regard to the monitoring and censusing of cetaceans, the development of advanced methods of sound analysis based on digital signal processing, the establishment of a Sound Library of Mediterranean Cetaceans as well as the technical support to other institutions involved in bioacoustical research.
In 1995 our work has been included in the European Nature Conservation Year (ENCY) program by the Council of Europe. Within this frame the Italian Navy set up a cooperative research program to apply its technologies to acoustic research on cetaceans and to support the study and protection of the marine environment.
Research activities in collaboration with the Italian Navy for the study and protection of the Mediterranean Sea
In 1994, within the ENCY 95
(European Nature Conservation Year) program, the Italian
Navy set up a cooperative research program with
Universities and other research institutions to give
logistic support and to apply his technologies to the
study and protection of the marine environment. The
project includes a research program on cetacean acoustics,
mainly dealing with the two larger species in the
Mediterranean Sea, the fin whale Balaenoptera physalus
and the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus (= catodon).
An international workshop has been organized to explore
a wide range of topics in underwater bioacoustics. The
workshop focused on three major areas: 1) acoustic
communication and echolocation in aquatic animals, 2)
acoustic methods applied to environmental research, and
3) biophysical and technical aspects of underwater
The proceedings of the workshop have
been published by the Journal of Marine and Freshwater
Behaviour and Physiology, 1997, vol. 29 and vol. 30.
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