Orcasound: Listen for Whales

Orcasound: Listen for Whales
Scott Veirs

Orcasound is a network of hydrophones, cyber-infrastructure, and web-based content that enables real-time monitoring of underwater sound in the Salish Sea. The network allows citizen scientists to compete with algorithms to detect and classify interesting sounds, including marine mammal signals, and noise that may be harmful to endangered marine life like salmon-hunting killer whales (aka "orcas"). It also helps raise awareness about the importance of sound and noise pollution -- both through 24/7 web-based listening and via exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium and Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Dr. Scott Veirs, an oceanographer and bioacoustician, will demonstrate Orcasound.net with an emphasis on the technological challenges of getting live sound from the ocean to the web browsers of listeners using a growing variety of operating systems and devices.