Introduction

We are currently assessing how we can better support acoustic monitoring programmes across the country. You can help by completing our survey - it closes on Friday 31 March 2017.

We are aiming to build an understanding of acoustic monitoring across New Zealand – both internally and externally to DOC.

We would like to understand how individuals and organisations are undertaking acoustic monitoring and what their current needs and challenges are. We are looking for direction regarding what, if any, tools should be researched and developed to better support acoustic monitoring programmes across the country.

Tell us about your acoustic monitoring

You can help with our assessment by completing a survey. It will take about 15-30 minutes to complete and closes on Friday 31 March 2017. Your individual responses are for the use of DOC, and may be consolidated anonymously into a publicly available report. Information could be disclosed under the Official Information Act if requested.

Audio recorder and bird.

Purpose of the assessment

Several challenges and limitations with regards to acoustic recording devices (ARDs) have been raised in recent years.

In response to these challenges, DOC is keen to understand how individuals and organisations are undertaking acoustic monitoring and what their individual monitoring needs are.

It is expected that the needs assessment will provide DOC with direction regarding what, if any, tools should be researched and developed. Through collaboration with others (universities, consultancies, etc) we expect to be in a better position to support acoustic monitoring programmes across the country.

Who should be involved?

Those already using acoustic recording devices should be involved.

If you are using ARDs as part of your monitoring programme, we would like to hear from you. This includes those involved with monitoring birds, bats, marine mammals, anthropogenic noise, industrial noise, etc.

Those who have considered or are interested in using ARDs.

If you are interested in using ARDs as part of your monitoring programme, but have faced challenges that have prevented you from doing so – we would like to hear from you.

Getting the message to the right people

If you know of any individuals or organisations undertaking acoustic monitoring you can:

Contact

For more information email acousticsurvey@doc.govt.nz.

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