Coral Reef Soundscapes off Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan

This dataset is an archive of audio data of shallow-water and upper-mesophotic coral reefs off Sesoko Island, Okinawa, Japan. Python codes to visualize the audio data were also provided in a notebook based on Google Colab.

Recording Locations

Three long-term recording sites were established since May 2017. Site A (N26.635° E127.865° ) is located on the southeast coast of Sesoko Island and in front of the Sesoko Station of the University of the Ryukyus. The water depth is 1.5 m. Site B (N26.665° E127.869° ) is located at the bottom of a reef slope on the north of Sesoko Island and the west of Toguchi Port. The water depth is 20 m. Site C (N26.670° E127.866° ) is located on a nearly flat plateau to the north of Sesoko Island and the west of Toguchi Port. The water depth is 40 m.

Acoustic Recorders

AUSOMS-mini stereo recorders (AquaSound, Kobe, Japan) were used to collect underwater sounds. From May 2017 to July 2018, six AUSOMS-mini recorders were used: 14-0106, 14-0107, 15-0106, 15-0107, 15-0109, 15-0110.

Configuration of Audio Recording

(1) Duty Cycle: continuous. (2) Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz. (3) Channels: 2. (4) File Format: MP3 (128 kbps). (5) Audio Gain: High. (6) High Pass Filter: Off.

Field Deployment

At each recording site, one AUSOMS-mini stereo recorder was fixed to a cement block at the seafloor. Each deployment lasted for a maximum of 29 days. Deployment and recovery of recorders were conducted by divers.

Data Processing

Audio recordings generated by AUSOMS-mini recorders were saved in MP3 format. Each MP3 is about 8-hour long and do not have a time stamp on the file name. To facilitate data management, we segmented the 8-hour long MP3 into WAV files of 5-min duration.

We used the LTSA_gui to generate long-term spectrograms (LTS) and save the LTS in mat files. Each mat file contains median-based LTS and mean-based LTS. Median-based LTS was obtained by measuring median power spectral densities within each 5-min segment. Mean-based LTS was obtained by measuring mean power spectral densities within each 5-min segment.

Associated Publication

Tzu-Hao Lin, Tomonari Akamatsu, Frederic Sinniger, Saki Harii (2020) Exploring coral reef biodiversity via underwater soundscapes. Biological Conservation, 253: 108901.

Data and Resources

Tags

Wikidata Keywords

  • Q1358257
  • Q11292

Basic Information

Data Type
  • Source code
  • Audiovisual data
  • Scientific and statistical data formats
Language English (eng)

Spatio-temporal Information

Temporal Resolution Daily
Start Time 2017-05
End Time 2018-07
Spatial Coverage show more
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X.max 127.88097380893306
Y.min 26.630362980584657
Y.max 26.68047930832328

Management Information

Author Tzu-Hao Lin, Tomonari Akamatsu, Frederic Sinniger, Saki Harii
Contact Person Tzu-Hao Lin
Contact Person Email schonkopf@gmail.com