Components of the Water Cycle on a Flat Map
Components of the Water Cycle on a Flat Map
Climate describes an aggregated view of regional or planetary temperature, air pressure, precipitation, and other meteorological conditions. In other words, climate describes the planet's generalized state-of-being. Heat exchange, precipitation, atmospheric chemistry and many other details all play a role in determining what regional or global climate conditions may be at any given time. But one thing's clear: water regulates the works. In various forms, water stores heat during the day and releases it at night. Tropical waters flow towards the poles, circulating heat around the planet. Ice crystals in the form of clouds reflects sunlight back into space. The images below portray different aspects of the planet's water cycle, broken into independent layers. Data used for many of the scenes shown here come from several computer models, including GEOS-5, and the ECCO General Circulation model.



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Animation Number:
3811
Released:
9999-12-31
Completed:
2011-01-26
Animators:
 
Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)
 
Scientists:
 
William Putman (NASA/GSFC)
 
Dimitris Menemenlis (NASA/JPL CalTech)
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Sea Surface Temperature
 
GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
This is a contribution of the Consortium for Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program


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This visualization based on GEOS-5 model data shows atmospheric water vapor.
This visualization based on GEOS-5 model data shows atmospheric water vapor.
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This sequence based on GEOS-5 model data shows how sunlight causes increased evaporation over land during the day.
This sequence based on GEOS-5 model data shows how sunlight causes increased evaporation over land during the day.
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Global precipitation based on GEOS-5 model data shows rainfall around the world.
Global precipitation based on GEOS-5 model data shows rainfall around the world.
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Mid-latitude heat radiates to the planet's poles. This global ocean temperature image comes from ECCO model data.
Mid-latitude heat radiates to the planet's poles. This global ocean temperature image comes from ECCO model data.
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