Can Listening to Hurricanes Help Us Better Understand Them?

A meteorologist and a music technologist think so.

Can Listening To Hurricanes Help Us Better Understand Them?
An image of Category 4 Hurricane Irma taken on Saturday, September 9, 2017, by the NOAA Goes East satellite. (NASA/NOAA Goes Project)

A professor of meteorology and a professor of music technology at Penn State had an idea: turning environmental data into music to better understand storms, like hurricanes. They think sonifying satellite videos like those found in weather reports will help people learn how extreme storms evolve. Sonification offers more benefits than traditional data visualization, one being accessibility. Sound is also processed more quickly and more viscerally than visuals.

The InsideHook Newsletter.

News, advice and insights for the most interesting person in the room.