Two Penn State researchers are changing the way we hear hurricanes: BTN LiveBIG

Penn State University researchers Jenni Evans and Mark Ballora want to use sound to demonstrate the risks associated with hurricanes.

Storm 2018 

By Eli Kaberon, btn.com

The most recent hurricane season caused horrific devastation across Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas – flooding streets, damaging property and taking lives. For millions of people in these areas, life will never be the same.

More than 1000 miles away, a pair of researchers are studying hurricanes in a new way. Instead of analyzing wind speeds or researching ways to forecast potential damage, Penn State University researchers Jenni Evans and Mark Ballora want to use sound to demonstrate the risks associated with hurricanes.

“The public needs to understand the dynamics of storms better than they do,” Ballora says. A professor in the university’s music technology department sees this work as fulfilling an education gap. “It’s not just a little project that I happen to like, there’s a real need for people to learn about these things.”

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