Sea Grass Sonification

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The Virginia Coastal Reserve hosts the most successful sea grass restoration effort in the world. Read more about the VCR LTER’s sea grass research here. Listen to an NPR story about this project as a model for restoration worldwide. This sonification, designed by Matthew Burtner, works with data on carbon and nitrogen levels recorded in the [...]

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Hog Island Water Quality

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This sonification, designed by Christopher Luna-Mega, works with LTER water quality sampling data from 1992-2018 from the mouth of Cattleshed Creek off of Hog Island. Despite the names, neither cattle nor hogs live on this barrier island, which has not been inhabited since the 1930s. The variation in ammonia and phosphate readings expressed in this [...]

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Oyster Reef Health Sound Translation

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Created by Eli Stine, who was a PhD Candidate in Music at the time (now Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory), this piece maps the reef noise recorded by Stine with Martin Volaric, PhD candidate in Environmental Science. Volaric and Stine, working under the direction of LTER investigator Matt Reidenbach, developed and deployed a [...]

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