From the AGU EOS Blogs, amazing that one can get so worked up with feelings over a 0.7C global temperature difference.
My first formal introduction to the portrayal of climate data through music was at the 2013 ScienceOnline Climate conference, and I was most recently updated on various forms of art in STEM education at the AGU 2014 Fall Meeting session on Connecting Geoscience with the Arts. At ScienceOnline Climate, undergraduate student researcher Daniel Crawford (Univ. of Minnesota) took 130 years of the average surface global temperature data from NASA and translated it into music for the cello. The video below captures the story of this unique project and includes a performance of the piece “A Song of Our Warming Planet.”
Mr. Crawford has continued working with his faculty mentor, geography professor Scott St. George, and has expanded his version of the climate conversation to not just over time but over latitudes. His newest piece, “Planetary Bands, Warming World,” is written for a string quartet and captures temperature changes across the globe. The video below explains this updated piece and includes a performance.
I have shared both of these videos with the students in my introductory-level Earth science courses. These videos are successful in capturing the attention of students (including non-science majors) and generating discussion. That students continue to mention these videos throughout the semester and share them with others outside of my course demonstrates to me how effective music can be to communicate climate data.
Another interesting “climate science meets music” project is the sonification of polar climate data, driven by City College of New York professors Marco Tedesco and Jonathan Perl. You can listen to an interview about Greenland Melt Music or visit the PolarSeeds – Sound website to listen to sonified daily and annual data. Unfortunately, I am unable to embed any of these soundtracks, but it is absolutely worth visiting the site to listen to the haunting sounds of the albedo choir.
If you are interested in additional climate music pieces, check out the New York Times article from 2013 titled “Fiddling While the World Warms.” In this piece, a digital violin plays 600 years of climate data – take a listen below.
More on this ‘music’ here: http://blogs.agu.org/geoedtrek/2015/05/27/climate-data-music/