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Sonophenology

A multimodal tangible interface for the sonification of phenological data at multiple time-scales

Abstract

The study of periodic biological processes, such as when plants flower and birds arrive in the spring is known as Phenology. In recent years this field has gained interest from the scientific community because of the applicability of this data to the study of climate change and other ecological processes. In this paper we propose the use of tangible interfaces for interactive sonification with a specific example of a multimodal tangible interface consisting of a physical paper map and tracking of fiducial markers combined with a novel drawing interface. The designed interface enables one or more users to specify point queries with the map interface and to specify time queries with the drawing interface. This allows the user to explore both time and space while receiving immediate sonic feedback of their actions. This system can be used to study and explore the effects of climate change, both as tool to be used by scientists, and as a way to educate and involve members of the general public in a dynamic way in this research.

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Ness, S., Reimer, P., Love, J. et al. Sonophenology. J Multimodal User Interfaces 5, 123–129 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12193-011-0066-4

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Keywords

  • Sonification
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Geo-spatial data
  • Phenology