The BIAS-project consists of five different types of actions, which can be compared to work packages, employing FP7 vocabulary.
The actions are preparatory (type A), implementing (type B), obligatory (type C), disseminating (type D) and administrative (type E) in character.
The first year(2013) we were concentrating on preparations such as contracting, purchasing and preparing for deployment. Important activities was to develop BIAS standards and quality protocols as part of making results reliable and comparable as well as collecting the spatial data that will be used in the modeling of the soundscape. All acoustic sensors were deployed in 2013 and programmed to start recording on the 1 January 2014.
The second year (2014) was devoted to running the field program, collecting data and to analyze data. To do this coherently BIAS standard for signal processing as well as a standard for quality assessment and noise measurements were developed. These standards are part of the output of the project. Surprisingly, these are the first standards for underwater recording of ambient noise.
The fourth year (2015) the emphasis will be placed on developing GIS-based planning tools and realization of the soundscape maps where the tool will be used by managers for handling of sound according to the Marine Strategic Framework Directive and the map for establishing the soundscape situation of the Baltic Sea. The maps will also be used for minimizing the number of sensors of the continuous monitoring of sound.
The fifth year (2016) is wrap-up year. The project actually ends in August. Reports will be finished and the Laymen report will be published. There will also be a demonstration of the tool in Gothenburg at the Swedish Agency for Water Management.
To see all the actions, follow this link.