Sea Surface Temperature from June 1, 2005 to August 29, 2005

This visualization shows the sea surface temperatures for the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season from June 1, 2005 through August 29, 2005. The ocean colors represent the sea surface temperatures. Orange and red depict regions that are 82 degrees F and higher, where the ocean is warm enough for hurricanes to form. Hurricane winds are sustained by the heat energy of the ocean, so the ocean is cooled as the hurricane passes and the energy is extracted to power the winds. The sea surface temperatures were measured by the AMSR-E instrument on the Aqua satellite. Several hurricane color water trails can be seen through this animation - particulary hurricanes Dennis, Emily, and Katrina.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
J. Marshall Shepherd (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Jeff Halverson (JCET UMBC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature 2005/06/01 - 2005/08/29
Aqua/AMSR-E/Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly 2005/06/01 - 2005/08/29

This item is part of this series:
Hurricane Katrina

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Hurricanes
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version