Making Data Sing

A report on a musical collaboration between scientists and artists at the University of Minnesota that puts a new spin on a central finding of modern climatology. The procedure used to transform more than a century of weather observations has been transposed into compositions for cello and string quartet. This “climate music” is offered to science educators, music critics, and the media at large. It outlines how sonifications with added musical elements might make climate science more accessible in education and outreach.

Credit: Scott St. George, Daniel Crawford, Todd Reubold, and Elizabeth Giorii, Making Data Sing: Using Music-like Sonifications to Convey a Key Climate Record, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, January 2017