The Global Sustainable Soundscapes Network (GSSN) began in the fall of 2011 with a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. The overarching objective of our network is to bring together ecologists (landscape ecologists and conservation biologists), acoustic ecologists (from the creative arts) and acousticians and psychoacousticians (scientists that study sound and how people perceive sound) to coordinate studies in diverse soundscapes around the world.

The network will help to foster (1) open communication between different disciplines about the composition of soundscapes and the underlying mechanisms that control dynamics and the ways that humans experience sounds in the environment through the support of workshops (listening, conservation), sharing of tools, social networking and coordinated Theme Teams; (2) coordinate 4-5 soundscape monitoring sites where acoustic data are being collected long-term; (3) the development of a common vocabulary, long-term monitoring standards, and metadata standards for acoustic data for use by ecologists; (4) increase awareness of this Global Sustainable Soundscape Network new field among ecologists and social scientists through a variety of activities; and (5) increase public awareness of the importance of their acoustic connection to nature.

For more details see the proposal pdf file.

Principal Invesitgators

Bryan Pijanowski (PI) – Purdue University (US)

Catherine Guastavino (co-PI) – McGill University (Canada)

Project Coordinator

Megan Dillon – Purdue University (US)

Steering Committee

Carroll, C. Ron - University of Georgia (US)

Gage, Stuart – Michigan State University (US)

Krause, Bernie – Wild Sanctuary (US)

Leonardson, Eric – School of the Art Institute of Chicago (US)

Bryan Pijanowski (PI) – Purdue University (US)

Tadesse, Wubishet – Alabama A&M University (US)

Founding Members

Ahumada, Dr. Jorge – Conservation International (US)

Andringa – University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Botteldooren, Dick – University of Ghent (Belgium)

Chapin III, F.S. “Terry” –  University of Alaska Fairbanks (US)

Crawford, Melba – Purdue University (US)

Cummings, Jim – Acoustic Ecology Institute (US)

Dubois, Danièle - University of Paris (France)

Farina, Almo – Urbino University (Italy)

Kang, Jian – University of Sheffield (UK)

Kpomblekou, Kokoasse - Tuskegee University (US)

Krause, Bernie – Wild Sanctuary (US)

Landres, Peter – U.S. Forest Service (US)

Lomolino, Mark - SUNY-ESF (US)

Monacchi, David – Conservatory of Pesaro (Italy)

Morton, John – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US)

Polli, Andrea – University of New Mexico (US)

Retamosa, Mónica - Universidad Nacionale (Costa Rica)

Smith, Ronald – Tuskegee University (US)

Westerkamp, Hildegard – Simon Fraser University (Canada)