Psychoacoustic environmental monitoring Toolkit
Sound quality metrics have been used in the industry for several years. Vehicle design and manufacturing, but also home appliance design have benefited from the consideration of sound quality issues. The Ecosonic team is exploring ways to apply these metrics to environmental sound. We hypothesize that examining the sound quality based on such psychoacoustic metrics as loudness, brightness, roughness, we can measure the impact that changes in the acoustic ecology may have on humans an animals alike. We are currently working in partnership with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on these issues. We will develop a realtime sound quality map for a transect from inner Phoenix out into the mountains. This data will have great potential for urban planning and Ecosystem services.