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Auditory Display: 2015 Axial Seamount Eruption, v2

Based on input from our team, research with blind and low-vision (BLV) students in schools, and insights learned over the past year, we have updated our auditory display for the 2015 Axial Seamount Eruption Data Nugget. We added start and end beep earcons to the data sonifications, re-recorded narration audio, and mixed underlying music, sound effects, and data sonification snippets as part of the auditory display. We also added an initial hook track and an introduction. The audio media player is below. A graph of the data is also displayed below.

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graph that depicts changes in the bottom pressure of the ocean over one month. The data was taken from sensors on the Juan de Fuca plate in the NE Pacific Ocean. The changes in bottom pressure in the graph depict daily fluctuations of the tidal cycle across the entire graph, but is marked by a large shift in bottom pressure in the middle of the data on April 24, 2015. The bottom pressure shifted as a result of the volcanic eruption — an indication that the seafloor dropped.


Smith, Leslie M., Lori Garzio. "2015 Axial Seamount Eruption." Data Nuggets. Ocean Data Labs. 2020.

Siu, Alexa, Gene S-H Kim, Sile O’Modhrain, and Sean Follmer. “Supporting Accessible Data Visualization Through Audio Data Narratives.” In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–19. New Orleans LA USA: ACM, 2022.

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