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GLUBS is the Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds, an initiative proposed by the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE). At its core, it is a platform that connects existing resources for underwater acoustics analysis and sound repositories. Our mission is to build datasets of known and unknown sounds to create automatic call detectors for fish, mammals, and invertebrates that will be open access and user-friendly. GLUBS is committed to advancing the field of bioacoustics research and providing researchers with the tools they need to study the underwater world.

The need for a platform like GLUBS was first described in Parsons et al. 2022.

GLUBS is a collaborative effort, involving bioacousticians and data scientists from 28 different institutions globally. 

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Who We Are

The GLUBS team currently consists of 47 interdisciplinary scientists from all over the world

Steering committee


Miles Parsons
Australian Institute of Marine Science

Lucia Di Iorio
Université de Perpignan Via Domitia

Aran Mooney
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Aaron Rice
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Sierra Jarriel
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Working groups
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Unknown Sounds

Artificial Intelligence

Known Biological Sounds

Public Engagement


Kirk Larsen
Independent Consultant

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Audrey Looby
Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
University of Florida

Sophie Nedelec
University of Exeter

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Filipa Samarra
University of Iceland


Miles Parsons

Christine Erbe
Centre for Marine Science & Tech 
Curtin University

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Tzo-Hao Harry Lin
Biodiversity Research Center
Academia Sinica

Louisa van Zeeland
The Alan Turing Institute

Rodney Rountree
Fish Listener

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Jenni Stanley
University of Waikato

The Importance of Bioacoustics Research

Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) is an effective technique for sampling aquatic systems that is particularly useful in deep, dark, turbid, and rapidly changing or remote locations. Technological developments of the last two decades have significantly advanced the logistical, acquisitional, analytical, and financial aspects of PAM and, as a result, collection of PAM data has increased dramatically in both deployment number and data volume, to a point that traditional processing techniques are becoming ineffective. The opportunity to gain valuable information about global aquatic biodiversity, species distributions, and responses to anthropogenic pressures are limited by the challenges this volume of raw data presents.

Our Mission

Our Vision

GLUBS develops and merges new technologies with existing bioacoustics resources to make the exploration of biological sounds more accessible to researchers, managers, educators, and enthusiasts. By fostering a deeper appreciation of underwater soundscapes, we will promote greater stewardship of aquatic ecosystems.

Our vision is to create an inventory of the world’s aquatic sounds to understand and protect biodiversity, while facilitating information access and research around the world.

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