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WonderLabs with Chris Richardson

Jul 7, 2019

Dr Nick Friedman is a biologist interested in the origins of biodiversity. He is part of the OKinawa Environmental Observation Network, OKEON, a team that monitors the terrestrial environment of Okinawa. As part of their work they use sound to understand how biodiversity varies across the island.

In this episode we talk about OKEON’s acoustic monitoring project, and how supercomputers, sound, and citizen science combine to answer questions on biodiversity. We also head into the forest to hear some "soundscapes" in action, before discussing the impact of noise pollution on humans and animals living in cities.

To find out more about OKEON, including links to a selection of Okinawa soundscapes, visit