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Acoustic Illustration in Dendrochronology
Presented by Prof. Richard GUYETTE on 15 May 2013 from 11:20 to 11:40
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: Wood Anatomy
Track: Wood anatomy
Human auditory perception can be used to exploit and understand natural time series with sound. Dendrochronology is uniquely equipped with methods and abundant time sensitive data for translating science with acoustic illustrations. The neurology of human hearing offers distinct advantages in perceiving scientific data and analyses when compared to graphic illustration. Perceiving time series of tree growth as real time acoustic series is a method with powerful new pathways between scientific data and human awareness. The objectives of this presentation are to: 1) demonstrate the basic concepts, methods, and probable requirements used for acoustic illustrations in dendrochronology (Figure 1, 2; click on speaker), 2) show that acoustic illustrations are a different and legitimate method for the expressing scientific results and, 3) argue that auditory presentations of tree-ring sequences have important implications for bringing dendrochronology into society. Digital sound technologies and online publishing now allow for auditory communication of dendrochronology.