Sounds of a Changing Sea:
Exploring the Unheard Acoustic Diversity of Mozambique's Vulnerable Marine Habitats
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
National Geographic Society Explorer Grant
Bazaruto Center for
This project aims to characterize spatiotemporal variation in soundscapes across coastal marine ecosystems in Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique (e.g., coral reefs, seagrass meadows, mangroves, sand banks, and open ocean), and test relationships between the acoustic characteristics and biophysical parameters (e.g., temperature, tides, biodiversity). These data enable us to demonstrate the potential of passive acoustic methods to monitor changes and perturbations in coastal ecosystems and will establish baseline acoustic data for the habitats in the Bazaruto Archipelago.
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Listen to sample soundscapes from coastal Mozambique (best with headphones)
Shallow coral reef soundscape
Boat noise on a reef
Sounds within offshore tuna shoal
Shallow seagrass soundscape
Shallow peat reef soundscape
Selection of fish sounds frequently detected (species unconfirmed)