Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Geophysics

LISTEN: 1,200 Years of Earth’s Climate, Transformed into Sound

Monday, January 8, 2018

Earth and Planetary Science Professor Inez Fung speaks of climate change on KQED science podcast and on NPR Morning Edition.  To listen, click here.  You will also hear the sound of climate change!


The soundtrack to climate change is an original composition by Chris Chafe, director of Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.  The music is based on global temperatures and the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere data from the last three centuries compiled by Hal Gordon, Kate Pennington and Valeri Vasquez at Berkeley.  Listen for the rising crescendo as we approach contemporary times.

Image: Sea ice off western Alaska; February 4, 2014; Credit: NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team