MODIS Sea Surface Temperature from 2002 to 2006 around Australia
A recent study indicates there is a correlation between ocean nutrients and changes in sea surface temperature (SST). The results show that when ocean water warms, marine plant life in the form of microscopic phytoplankton tend to decline. When water cools, plant life flourishes. Changes in phytoplankton growth influence fishery yields and the amount of carbon dioxide the oceans remove from the atmosphere. This could have major implications on the future of our ocean's food web and how it relates to climate change.
The temperature data in this visualization comes from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA's Terra and Aqua spacecraft.
In order to see the correlation between SST and SeaWiFS data, this animation can be compared to 'SeaWiFS Biosphere Data over Australia'. Please click here to see this other animation.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
PapersThis visualization is based on the following papers:
- 'Climate-Driven Trends in Contemporary Ocean Productivity', Nature, Dec. 7
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Datasets used in this visualization
Aqua Sea Surface Temperature (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
Terra Sea Surface Temperature (Collected with the MODIS sensor)
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