Anderwald Pia

Soundscapes of the Swiss National Park
Geräuschlandschaften des Schweizerischen Nationalparks

Project Number: CH-6009
Project Type: Research_Project
Project Duration: 01/01/2018 - 01/10/2024
Funding Source: other ,
Leading Institution: Swiss National Park
Project Leader: Dr. Pia Anderwald
Schweizerischer Nationalpark
Schloss Planta-Wildenberg
7530 Zernez
Phone: +41 (0) 81 851 41 26
e-Mail: pia.anderwald(at)

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Ecoacoustics, soundscapes, noise pollution, wildlife

Noise pollution has been recognised as a growing problem in Europe, with 10‘000 premature deaths and 43‘000 hospital admissions due to noise per year (EEA 2014). Visitors to National Parks and other protected areas tend to seek natural soundscapes, and one of the most frequent complaints by SNP visitors pertains to the noise from the Fuorn Road. As anthropogenic noise also has negative effects on wildlife (e.g. masking alarm or mating calls and impairing predator detection), it would be expected that biodiversity within the park is negatively correlated with noise from the road and hiking trails. With the help of autonomous acoustic recorders distributed over the SNP, we aim to characterise the natural soundscapes of the park and test this hypothesis by applying indices of quietness, richness and diversity to habitats affected to different degrees by anthropogenic sounds.

Last update: 10/11/23
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2024)
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