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The Science of Ocean Sounds

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Join us on an underwater sound scavenger hunt in our latest episode! 🔊 We’ll explore the depths of ocean science as we talk to oceanographer Amy Bower 🌊 Discover the secrets of sounds, the sea, and super-powered data.

Learn more about Amy's adventures on the sea in our bonus interview episode, available on Patreon!

Episode art for The Science of Ocean Sounds. Depicted in the image: roaring seas are below a blue sky. Musical notes and a musical staff wave over the ocean.



Photo of Amy Bower and her crew mate

Dr. Amy Bower is an oceanographer and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She grew up near the sea and has spent her life trying to learn more about it!

Click here to read Amy’s blog, “OceanInsight" There's some really cool stuff here!


A map of ocean currents across the globe. Various arrows depict the direction and location of the currents.

Want to learn more about ocean currents? Here's a map of ocean currents from a Wikipedia article about them. Another great resource is a video and article from the National Ocean Service. Click here to watch and learn!


Amy has her own TED Talk! She discusses how her blindness has impacted her research and the technology that can empower a blind workforce.

As all Tumble listeners know, science is a team effort! Click here to meet the team that helped create the oceanic sonification. And click here to learn about how Amy’s Accessible Oceans team created the underwater volcano sonification. Here you can find more wild explosion sounds.

Curious about data sonification? Here's an article from the LA Times that dives deeper into the subject. Also, below is a video that explains it with graphs. The video also mentions the data sonification of COVID-19 - super cool stuff!

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number # 2148711 - Engaging Blind, Visually Impaired, and Sighted Students in STEM with Storytelling through Podcasts. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NationalScienceFoundation.

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