Visualizing data with… music video

Inspired by Reveal’s data sonification (meaning representing data as non-speech sound) project on earthquakes in Oklahoma, I tried experimenting with a news app that uses audio to represent flood data.

Oh wait, not just audio, but the music video of Vanilla Ice’s rap single “Ice Ice Baby.”

I mashed the music video with data that project how many floods will some American cities have in another 30 years due to climate change. The higher the number of floods, the faster the tempo of the music video.

Here’s an example of the number of floods that Washington DC will have in 2045 visualized by the music video.

It created some buzz on social media. One of the shout-outs from the the Union of Concerned Scientists which compiled the flood data:

I embedded the news app below but the full-width version in PRI.org website looks better.