The South Central Climate Science Center collaborated with the New Improv! Century Ensemble (N!CE) to sonify 400,000 years of atmospheric carbon dioxide and global average temperature data from ice cores and proxy data. N!CE is a student musical group in the University of Oklahoma School of Music that was established in the 1990s as a venue for more experimental, open-ended music making.
Recently, N!CE has focused their work on data sonification (also known as “auditory display”) which is the use of non-speech audio to convey information. Rendering data sets in this way as sound rather than traditional visual displays can take advantage of the ear’s ability to detect subtle patterns or variations. For more information about sonification and this project, see this article: http://www.doi.gov/csc/southcentral/news/sonification-of-earths-climate.cfm