Enough of noise


Published: Monday 30 November -0001

imagesAsmartphone application, or app, that can measure the impact of construction work on waterbirds in protected areas has been developed.

A product by researchers at the UK’s University of Hull, the software provides profiles of bird species and their susceptibility to noise disturbances. It also offers advice on how development projects can affect behaviour of birds.

The software uses onphone noise and global positioning system (GPS) facilities to allow real-time characterisation of likely noise effects. It also allows contractors to measure noise levels on the site and offer advice on the degree of disturbance from their work. “There is relativley little information on the impacts from disturbance events on waterbirds, in particular from noise,” said Nick Cutts, deputy director of the university’s Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies.

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