Monitoring the Earth

The Center for Global Soundscapes’ mission is to support discovery, learning and engagement activities that lead to the preservation of Earth’s natural acoustic heritage.

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From soundscapes in the desert, the tropics, to vernal ponds of the estuaries, and the planet’s megacities, the Center for Global Soundscapes is advancing our knowledge of nature and society.

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Nature’s sounds soothe and heal us, and they are worth protecting for future generations to enjoy.

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Soundscapes are easy entry points to learn about physics, neurobiology, ecology and even mathematics. Concepts of sound integrate all STEM fields using the familiar (what we hear).

What Are We working On?


The center is working all over the world. Listen, learn and enjoy the sounds that the planet makes by visiting the web sites of our research, education and outreach projects.

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Full Spectrum

All sounds, pressure waves, and vibrations of a place recorded continuously for an entire year using several sensors.

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Record The Earth

Help us to capture the sounds of the planet and how people connect to their acoustic environment.

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iMax Video

Learn about the exciting new educational film we are developing for middle school students and the public.

What’s New?

Want to know what’s new in the world of sound? Curious as to what we’ve been up to? Learn more here:

The Sound of the World

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Discover the work of Professor Bryan Pijanowski in “Principles of Soundscape Ecology,” a comprehensive introduction to the study of landscapes through sound. Pijanowski’s new book explores the significance of sound in understanding our changing ecosystems and features insights from his extensive fieldwork and interdisciplinary collaborations. Learn how soundscape ecology can illuminate biodiversity trends, improve urban planning, and preserve indigenous ecological knowledge. Dive into this compelling narrative and uncover the transformative potential of sound in ecological research.


To read more, click here, or on the image above.

Dr. Pijanowski Speaks at the Sphere



On June 20th 2024, Dr. Pijanowski attended ‘HPE Discover’, a technology showcase event for business and government customers hosted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event featured hundreds of sessions, live demos, hands-on labs, and technical workshops on topics such as AI, edge, and hybrid cloud. In his session, Dr. Pijanowski discusses how AI is being used to study nature, and how database technologies are being used to make his enormous soundscape archive publicly available right here on this website.


Center for Global Soundscapes Office

Want to stop by? Come visit us at:
3113A/A Lilly Hall, located at 915 Mitch Daniels Blvd
West Lafayette, IN 47907