The costs of chronic noise exposure for terrestrial organisms

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2010
Authors:Barber, JR, Crooks, KR, Fristrup, KM
Journal:Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Volume:25
Pagination:180–189
Date Published:March
ISSN:01695347
Keywords:anthropogenic, bioacoustics, noise, pollution
Abstract:

Growth in transportation networks, resource extraction, motorized recreation and urban development is responsible for chronic noise exposure in most terrestrial areas, including remote wilderness sites. Increased noise levels reduce the distance and area over which acoustic signals can be perceived by animals. Here, we review a broad range of findings that indicate the potential severity of this threat to diverse taxa, and recent studies that document substantial changes in foraging and anti-predator behavior, reproductive success, density and community structure in response to noise. Effective management of protected areas must include noise assessment, and research is needed to further quantify the ecological consequences of chronic noise exposure in terrestrial environments.

URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2009.08.002
DOI:10.1016/j.tree.2009.08.002
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