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Global Sea Surface Currents and Temperature

This visualization shows sea surface current flows. The flows are colored by corresponding sea surface temperature data. This visualization is rendered for display on very high resolution devices like hyperwalls or for print media.

This visualization was produced using model output from the joint MIT/JPL project: Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2.. ECCO2 uses the MIT general circulation model (MITgcm) to synthesize satellite and in-situ data of the global ocean and sea-ice at resolutions that begin to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow current systems, which transport heat and carbon in the oceans. The ECCO2 model simulates ocean flows at all depths, but only surface flows are used in this visualization.

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Global sea surface currents colored by temperature.  These are the assembled (contiguous) versions of the animation.  There are several resolutions to choose from, some are cropped for various purposes.  The 6840x3420 version is the complete, full resolution visualization at the appropriate 2x1 aspect ratio and has not been cropped or resized.    Global sea surface currents colored by temperature. These are the assembled (contiguous) versions of the animation. There are several resolutions to choose from, some are cropped for various purposes. The 6840x3420 version is the complete, full resolution visualization at the appropriate 2x1 aspect ratio and has not been cropped or resized.
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A cropped region in the Pacific illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.    A cropped region in the Pacific illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.

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A cropped region in the Atlantic illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.  Notice the irregular distribution of grid points (e.g., bright spot near the center).  This is due to the advanced cube-sphere distribution of the data points.  The bright spot is one of the cube-sphere corners.    A cropped region in the Atlantic illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated. Notice the irregular distribution of grid points (e.g., bright spot near the center). This is due to the advanced cube-sphere distribution of the data points. The bright spot is one of the cube-sphere corners.

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Full resolution ECCO2 flow field illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.    Full resolution ECCO2 flow field illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.

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Sea surface currents and temperatures cropped, scaled, and diced for a 3x3 hyperwall    Sea surface currents and temperatures cropped, scaled, and diced for a 3x3 hyperwall

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Sea surface currents and temperatures in the Indian Ocean diced for a 3x3 hyperwall    Sea surface currents and temperatures in the Indian Ocean diced for a 3x3 hyperwall

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Sea surface currents and temperatures centered on the Pacific Ocean diced for a 3x3 hyperwall    Sea surface currents and temperatures centered on the Pacific Ocean diced for a 3x3 hyperwall

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Sea surface currents and temperatures cropped, scaled, and diced for a 5x3 hyperwall    Sea surface currents and temperatures cropped, scaled, and diced for a 5x3 hyperwall



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Sea surface currents and temperatures centered on the northern Atlantic Ocean diced for a 5x3 hyperwall.  This version was designed so that the middle 3 columns can be used on a 3x3 hyperwall.    Sea surface currents and temperatures centered on the northern Atlantic Ocean diced for a 5x3 hyperwall. This version was designed so that the middle 3 columns can be used on a 3x3 hyperwall.

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Sea surface temperature color bar (blue is 0 degrees C, green is 10-20 degrees C, yellow is about 25 degrees C, red is 32 degrees C)
   Sea surface temperature color bar (blue is 0 degrees C, green is 10-20 degrees C, yellow is about 25 degrees C, red is 32 degrees C)

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Sea surface currents and temperatures, March 25, 2007 to March 3, 2008.    Sea surface currents and temperatures, March 25, 2007 to March 3, 2008.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3912
Animation Number:3912
Completed:2012-02-10
Animators:Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
 Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
 Eric Sokolowsky (GST)
Producer:Michael Starobin (HTSI)
Scientists:Hong Zhang (UCLA)
 Dimitris Menemenlis (NASA/JPL CalTech)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:GTOPO30 Topography and Bathymetry (3-2007 through 2-2008)
 ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model
Series:Flows
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Keywords:
SVS >> Ocean Currents
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Presentation
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