Potential Uses of Anthropogenic Noise as a Source of Information in Animal Sensory and Communication Systems
Although current research on the impact of anthropogenic noise has focused on the detrimental effects, there is a range of ways by which animals could benefit from increased noise levels. Here we discuss two potential uses of anthropogenic noise. First, local variations in the ambient-noise field could be used to perceive objects and navigate within an environment. Second, introduced sound cues could be used as a signal for prey detection or orientation and navigation. Although the disadvantages of noise pollution will likely outweigh any positive effects, it is important to acknowledge that such changes may benefit some species.
KeywordsAmbient-noise imaging Acoustic daylight Prey detection Acoustic landmark
This work was funded by Natural Environment Research Council of the United Kingdom Grant No. NE/I024682/1.
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