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Components of the Water Cycle on a Flat Map

Water regulates climate, predominately storing heat during the day and releasing it at night. Water in the ocean and atmosphere carry heat from the tropics to the poles. The process by which water moves around the earth, from the ocean, to the atmosphere, to the land and back to the ocean is called the water cycle. The animations below each portray a component of the water cycle.

The three animations of atmospheric phenomena were created using data from the GEOS-5 atmospheric model on the cubed-sphere, run at 14-km global resolution for 25-days. Variables animated here include hourly evaporation, water vapor and precipitation. For more information on GEOS-5 see http://gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/systems/geos5 . For more information on the cubed-sphere work see http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/610.3/cubedsphere.html.

The animation of global sea surface temperature was created using data from a model run of ECCO's Ocean General Circulation Model. See http://www.ecco-group.org/model.htm for more information on ECCO.

This group of animations are an orthographic view of the data used in Components of the Water Cycle.

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This animation portrays the flow of atmospheric water vapor from the GEOS-5 model    This animation portrays the flow of atmospheric water vapor from the GEOS-5 model
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This animation of evaporation from the GEOS-5 model shows how heating from the sun causes increased evaporation over land during the day    This animation of evaporation from the GEOS-5 model shows how heating from the sun causes increased evaporation over land during the day
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This animation displays the intensity of precipitation from the GEOS-5 model, showing heavy precipitation in orange/yellow and light precipitation in purple.    This animation displays the intensity of precipitation from the GEOS-5 model, showing heavy precipitation in orange/yellow and light precipitation in purple.
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Color Bar for previous image noted as: This animation displays the intensity of precipitation from the GEOS-5 model, showing heavy precipitation in orange/yellow and light precipitation in purple.

This animation of sea surface temperature from the ECCO model shows the transport of heat along the ocean's surface    This animation of sea surface temperature from the ECCO model shows the transport of heat along the ocean's surface
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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3811
Animation Number:3811
Completed:2011-01-26
Animators:Cindy Starr (GST) (Lead)
 Lori Perkins (NASA/GSFC)
 Tom Bridgman (GST)
Scientists:Matthew Rodell (UMBC)
 William Putman (NASA/GSFC)
 Dimitris Menemenlis (NASA/JPL CalTech)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Sea Surface Temperature
 GEOS-5 Atmospheric Model on the Cubed-Sphere
Series:WMS
 Earth Science Week
Please give credit for this item to:
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
 
Keywords:
DLESE >> Atmospheric science
SVS >> SST
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Aerosols
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Water Vapor
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Water Vapor >> Precipitable Water
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Water Vapor >> Water Vapor
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Precipitation Amount
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Precipitation >> Rain
SVS >> Copenhagen
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Many of our multimedia items use the GCMD keywords. These 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 8.0.0.0.0

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