Università degli Studi di Pavia

Centro Interdisciplinare di Bioacustica e Ricerche Ambientali

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

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LIDO - EEC funded project

LIDO (Listening to the Deep Ocean environment) proposes to establish a first nucleus of a regional network of multidisciplinary seafloor observatories contributing to the coordination of high quality research in the ESONET NoE by allowing the long-term monitoring of Geohazards and Marine Ambient Noise in the Mediterranean Sea and the adjacent Atlantic waters. Specific activities are addressed by long-term monitoring of earthquakes and tsunamis and the characterisation of ambient noise induced by marine mammals (Bioacoustics) and anthropogenic noise.

Scientific Objectives

Geo-Hazards: LIDO aims at improving the real-time and near-real-time detection of signals by a multiparameter seafloor observatory network at regional scale for the characterisation of potential tsunamigenic sources. Its methodological approach is based on the cross-checking of geophysical, oceanographic and environmental time series acquired on the seafloor and in the water column. LIDO will provide real-time and nearto- real-time seismological and water-pressure comparative time series from near-shore sources and operational tools (e.g., prototype of tsunameters) integrated in seafloor observation systems, and in the terrestrial networks LIDO follows the recommendation of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO) for the North-Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Tsunami Warning System (ICG/NEAMTWS) for the urgent deployment of a tsunami warning system in the related areas with special regard to the definition of trans-national seismic and sea level monitoring networks.

Bioacoustics: LIDO will evaluate the human and natural contributions to marine ambient noise and for the first time describe the long-term trends in ambient noise levels, especially from human activities (influenced for example by increased shipping) and in marine mammals populations (migration patterns, presence, and habitat use of key species, like sperm -, fin - and beaked whales). LIDO will allow real-time and nearreal- time long-term acoustic monitoring of marine mammals at regional level, as well as noise propagation that could be in the next years correlated with the effects of anthropogenic impacts and climate changes.


CIBRA is partner of the project to analyze the data coming from the deep acoustic platforms deployed by INFN and INGV on the east Sicily coast.

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