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Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research that specializes in the fields of architecture, science and engineering. The UPC develops an intense activity aimed at transferring technology and knowledge to private companies and to society in innovation, research and technical development.

The Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) of the UPC holds expertise in: Signal Modelling and Analysis; 3D Numerical simulations; Acoustic Propagation Model & Acoustic Target Model; Biosonar and Communication Mechanisms; Control of Marine Noise Pollution; Measurement and monitoring of anthropogenic sound sources; Development of passive techniques to explore the ocean Assessment of noise pollution effects on marine organisms; Automatic identification and classification of biological and anthropogenic sound sources; Tracking of marine mammals with passive techniques and Ambient Noise Imaging; Ethical and Legal Aspects of Marine Mammal Research; Cross-disciplinary approach to help creating policies towards underwater anthropogenic noise control.


Tasks attributed: Activity 1: shipping routes in the Arctic & monitoring of noise radiated by ships; Activity 2: Marine mammals in the Arctic. Interaction and effects of the Arctic anthropogenic noise with identified marine mammal populations ; Activity 3: scientifice and public outreach ; Activity 4: seismic surveys and oil/gas exploration and exploitation in the Arctic; Activity 5: Design of the real-time architecture for the monitoring of noise from offshore platforms ; Activity 6: noise pollution in the Arctic : mitigation procedures and policies; Activity 7 : Implementation of the real-time architecture for the monitoring of noise from offshore platforms


Principal Investigator:

Michel André is a Professor at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Director of the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB). He is an Engineer in Biotechnologies graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, INSA, Toulouse, France; He holds a Master degree in Bioquemistry and Animal Physiology from the Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse, France; His PhD Dissertation that he defended at the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was on sperm whale acoustics and noise pollution.