Music for Climate Science at NASA

NASAlogoMatthew Burtner has been collaborating with NASA on “Music for Climate Science.” In 2017 he visited the Goddard Space Center to share his discoveries merging atmospheric, hydrologicic, land and sea ice, and ocean system data with harmonic, rhythmic and melodic musical systems in works such as “Auksalaq”, “Threnody (Sikugivik)” and “Ice Cycle” at the PARCA Conference. He discussed how music can contribute to climate science, and announced an interdisciplinary Ecoacoustics program at the University of Virginia. In 2018 he returned as a guest of the Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) GESTAR program to give an invited presentation for the Education and Public Outreach (EPO) seminar series. He presented “Ecoacoustic Music for Scientific Engagement and Public Outreach.”

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center hosts the Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) meeting. Researchers share their advances in remote sensing, satellite analyses, field data acquisition, and ice-sheet modeling. PARCA 2017 will continue these themes, with a focus on Greenland, and highlighting work that specifically integrates observations or modeling with an enhanced understanding of the processes driving the changes in the ice sheet, which ultimately contribute to sea-level rise.

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