15 Dec 2022
 | 15 Dec 2022

GC Insights: Communicating Climate Change – Immersive Sonification for the Piano

Charles Jahren Conrad

Abstract. In order to convey climate change to a wider audience, I converted various CO2 records (parts per million) into music for the piano (scale notes) through the method of sonification. This is a data driven piece with five movements and includes musical elements such as tone, chords and key signatures, along with the data driven notes, providing a sonic experience of climate change and the acceleration of emissions. Because this composition can be played on the piano, it provides a level of immersion beyond a visual or auditory understanding, conveying the urgency of climate change to a broader audience in a new way.

Charles Jahren Conrad

Status: final response (author comments only)

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1356', Anonymous Referee #1, 04 Jan 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Charles Conrad, 14 Feb 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-1356', Anonymous Referee #2, 17 Jan 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Charles Conrad, 14 Feb 2023

Charles Jahren Conrad

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Global Monitoring Laboratory, Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Earth System Research Laboratories

Charles Jahren Conrad


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Short summary
I converted various CO2 records into music for the piano. This resulted in a statistical piece with five movements and includes musical elements. This conveys a truly unique sonic experience of climate change, and portrays the severe acceleration of emissions. The composition, playable on the piano, conveys climate urgency and the medium of music increases accessibility, audience, and memorability, conveying the immersive experience of climate change that the data deserves.