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Audio Cartography: Visual Encoding of Acoustic Parameters

Kornfeld, A., Schiewe, J. & Dykes, J. (2011). Audio Cartography: Visual Encoding of Acoustic Parameters. In: Advances in Cartography and GIScience. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, 1. (pp. 13-31). Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-19143-5_2


Our sonic environment is the matter of subject in multiple domains which developed individual means of its description. As a result, it lacks an established visual language through which knowledge can be connected and insights shared. We provide a visual communication framework for the systematic and coherent documentation of sound in large-scale environments. This consists of visual encodings and mappings of acoustic parameters into distinct graphic variables that present plausible solutions for the visualization of sound. These candidate encodings are assembled into an application-independent, multifunctional, and extensible design guide. We apply the guidelines and show example maps that acts as a basis for the exploration of audio cartography.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > giCentre
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