Aquest laboratori d'investigació, que agrupa a 8 científics a temps complert (contractes per CTT de la UPC) i 5 investigadors a temps parcial (PDI de la UPC i membres d’universitats internacionals) està composat d'un equip d'enginyers, matemàtics, físics i biòlegs. Es tracta del primer laboratori europeu que té com a objectiu principal l'estudi i el desenvolupament de solucions tecnològiques per contribuir en un desenvolupament responsable de les activitats marítimes des d'una perspectiva multidisciplinària. D'aquesta manera es da resposta a les exigències plantejades al respecte per les institucions locals, nacionals i internacionals i la societat en general a través de mecanismes de control de la contaminació acústica marina.

La creación del Laboratorio de Aplicaciones Bioacústicas (LAB) representa la respuesta madura de un grupo multi-disciplinar de científicos a la continua degradación acústica del medio marino que está teniendo lugar en el Atlántico Norte y el Mediterráneo.
El LAB nace para responder con soluciones tecnológicas a la conservación del hábitat marino y prevenir su deterioro progresivo. Tiene como objetivo principal el desarrollo de aplicaciones capaces de limitar los efectos del ruido antropogénico en el mar y contribuir al desarrollo sostenible de las actividades marítimas . De este modo se podrá dar respuesta a las exigencias planteadas al respecto por las instituciones locales, nacionales e internacionales y la sociedad en general a través de mecanismos de control de la contaminación acústica marina.

The creation of the Laboratory of Applied Bio-Acoustics (LAB) is the necessary and mature response, from a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to the increasing acoustic degradation of the marine habitat in the Mediterranean Sea and the North Atlantic.
The LAB has the clear objective to respond with technological solutions to the progressive deterioration of the seas, limiting the effects of anthropogenic noise and contributing to the sustainable development of human marine activities. The research outcome will answer the increasing demand from local, national and European administrations and from the society itself, by providing the necessary expertise on the control mechanisms and a better understanding of the marine noise pollution.

Recent Submissions

  • ANTARES constrains a blazar origin of two IceCube PeV neutrino events 

    Adrian Martinez, Silvia; Albert, Andreas; André, Michel (2015-04-01)
    Open Access
    Context. The source(s) of the neutrino excess reported by the IceCube Collaboration is unknown. The TANAMI Collaboration recently reported on the multiwavelength emission of six bright, variable blazars which are positionally ...
  • Noise footprint: A proposal within the framework of FP7 AQUO project to define a goal based approach towards the reduction of underwater radiated noise from shipping 

    Baudin, Eric; Folegot, Thomas; André, Michel; Audoly, Christian D.; Rizzuto, Enrico; Benedetti, Lanfranco (2014)
    Conference report
    Restricted access - publisher's policy
    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive has officially stated as soon as 2008 the anthropogenic noise due to shipping were to be mitigated. The policy makers, the yards and the ship owners still strongly rely on the expert ...
  • Ultrastructure of the Odontocete Organ of Corti: Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy 

    Morell Ybarz, María; Lenoir, Marc; Dabin, Willy; Ferreira, Marisa; Maestre, Iranzu; Degollada Bastos, Eduard; Cazevieille, Chantal; Fortuño, Jose-Manuel; Puel, Jean-Luc; André, Michel (2015-02-15)
    Open Access
    The morphological study of the Odontocete organ of Corti, together with possible alterations associated with damage from sound exposure, represents a key conservation approach to assess the effects of acoustic pollution ...
  • Searches for clustering in the time integrated skymap of the ANTARES neutrino telescope 

    Adrian Martinez, Silvia; Albert, Andreas; André, Michel (2014-05)
    Open Access
    This paper reports a search for spatial clustering of the arrival directions of high energy muon neutrinos detected by the ANTARES neutrino telescope. An improved two-point correlation method is used to study the autocorrelation ...
  • A search for neutrino emission from the Fermi bubbles with the ANTARES telescope 

    Adrian Martinez, Silvia; Albert, A.; Al Samarai, Imen; André, Michel; Anton, G.; Anvar, S.; Ardid, M.; Astraatmadja, T.; Baret, B.; Basa, S.; Bertin, V.; Biagi, S.; Bogazzi, C.; Bouhou, B.; Brunner, J.; Morganti, M.; Schmidt, J.; Stolarczyk, Th. (2014-02-06)
    Open Access
    Analysis of the Fermi-LAT data has revealed two extended structures above and below the Galactic Centre emitting gamma rays with a hard spectrum, the so-called Fermi bubbles. Hadronic models attempting to explain the origin ...
  • An acoustic valve within the nose of sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus 

    Huggenberger, Stefan; André, Michel; Oelschläger, Helmut A. (2014-04-01)
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    Sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus emit impulsive sound signals in short series of rhythmic clicks (codas) for communication, and in long series of single acoustic events (usual clicks) for echolocation. Both click types ...
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Noise in Cetacean Acoustic Niches 

    André, Michel; Van der Schaar, Mike Connor Roger Malcolm; Zaugg, Serge Alain; Houégnigan, Ludwig; Castell Balaguer, Joan Vicent; Sánchez, Antonio (2012-11-15)
    Part of book or chapter of book
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    Sources of sound produced by human activities induce physical, physiological, and behavioral effects on marine fauna (mammals, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates), effects that can be diverse depending on the proximity to ...
  • Classification of sperm whale clicks (Physeter macrocephalus) with Gaussian-kernel based networks 

    Van der Schaar, Mike Connor Roger Malcolm; Delory, Eric; André, Michel (2008-11-15)
    Open Access
    With the aim of classifying sperm whales, this report compares two methods that can use Gaussian functions, a radial basis function network, and support vector machines which were trained with two different approaches known ...
  • Changes in 63 Hz third-octave band sound levels over 42 months recorded at four deep-ocean observatories 

    Van der Schaar, Mike Connor Roger Malcolm; Ainslie, Michael A.; Robinson, Stephen P.; Prior, Mark K.; André, Michel (2014-02-15)
    Restricted access - publisher's policy
    The growing scientific and societal concerns about the effects of underwater sound on marine ecosystems have been recently recognised through the introduction of several international initiatives, like the International ...
  • Best practices in management, assessment and control of underwater noise pollution 

    André, Michel; Morell, Maria; Alex, Mas; Solé Carbonell, Marta; Van der Schaar, Mike Connor Roger Malcolm; Houégnigan, Ludwig; Zaugg, Serge Alain; Castell Balaguer, Joan Vicent (2009-06-30)
    External research report
    Open Access
    The origin of this work can be found in the project ‘Effects and Control of Anthropogenic Noise in Marine Ecosystems’ in the part relative to legal initiatives. In the first phase of the Report on this Project (December ...

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