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Auditory Display: Daily Vertical Migration Gets Eclipsed, 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 Daily Vertical Migration Gets Eclipsed! Data Nugget. I 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. Please note that we removed track 1B in order to reduce redundancy in the display. A graph of the data is also displayed below.

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The graphic contains two sets of data as two vertical panels aligned to show the same 36 hour period across the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. The top panel graph contains a single line that depicts the daily solar radiation cycle. The bottom panel is a color image of water depth and shows zooplankton daily vertical migration movement from Bio-acoustic Sonar data.


Smith, Leslie M., Lori Garzio. "Daily Vertical Migration Gets Eclipsed!" 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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by Jon Bellona


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