Sound and Light Ecology Team

Standard Monitoring Data

Our team has collected hundreds of thousands of hours of acoustic data from National Parks around the country. We use these data to inform parks about sources of noise pollution, as well as to provide baseline information about the state of a park's soundscape. This allows park officials to develop plans to minimize noise pollution issues and better manage natural soundscapes for wildlife, as well as visitor experience.

Below is a non-extensive list of acoustic monitoring reports that have been generated using data collected by us that was analyzed by student listeners working in the Listening Lab. Please check back here for updates or for a more complete list of acoustic monitoring reports, visit the National Park Service data store.


Coronado National Monument: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Schulz N et al., 2014.

Denali National Park and Preserve: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Betchkal D, 2015.

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve: Acoustical Monitoring Report

Pipkin A, 2016.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Nelson MD, 2014.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Nelson MD, 2014.

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Job JR, 2016.

Gulf Islands National Seashore: Acoustic Monitoring Report

White CL, 2014.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Nelson MD, 2014.

Isle Royale National Park: Acoustic Monitoring Report

While CL, 2014.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Pipkin AR, 2015.

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Job JR, 2016.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Nelson MD, 2014.

Pipestone National Monument: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Nelson MD, 2014.

Rock Creek Park: Acoustic Monitoring Report

McFarland SM, 2016.

Saguaro National Park: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Job JR, 2016.

Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Nelson MD, 2014.

Scotts Bluff National Monument: Acoustic Monitoring Report

Job JR, 2016.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park: Acoustic Monitoring Report

McFarland SM, 2016.

Tumacacori National Historic Park: Acoustical Monitoring

Schulz N et al., 2014.

Data Requests

We make our data available to the public to expand its utility, so that others may use it to improve our understanding about natural soundscapes, as well as the effects of noise on wildlife and natural processes. If you or your team is interested in using our data for your own research purposes, please contact us to determine whether we have data sets from parks that you are interested in studying. If we do and you would like to request these data, you may then submit a formal data request.

Please include the following information in your formal request:

After we have received and reviewed your request, we will contact you to work out any details.

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