Student Daniel Crawford turns climate change data into a piece of music.

What does the changing climate sound like? This is a strange question, but one that has an answer to thanks to University of Minnesota student Daniel Crawford, who turned climate change data from 1880 to 2012 into a musical composition.

Crawford used surface temperature data provided by NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and used data sonification to translate temperature records into musical notes.

The resulting musical piece is called A Song of Our Warming Planet. Each note represents a year and the pitch reflects the average temperature. This means low notes represent the cooler years and higher notes the warmer years.

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