Why have an observatory?

A2O is a unique environmental infrastructure project.

The observatory will collect one of the largest terrestrial sound datasets in the world, recording audible species across multiple habitats, and providing high resolution spatial and temporal data.

A2O will transform environmental science, including fauna survey and ecological assessment, and support cross-disciplinary research between ecologists, biologists and computer scientists.

A2O will inform citizen science projects, assist in the development of call recognisers, provide data for soundscape analyses, and aid in  the exploration of acoustic methods.