Flat Map Ocean Current Flows with Sea Surface Temperatures (SST)

  • Released Thursday, February 10, 2011

This visualization shows ocean current flows on a flat map of the world. This simple flat map (cylindrical equidistant projection) is designed to be easily wrapped to a sphere. The flows are colored by sea surface temperatures with blues being cooler waters and yellows/reds warmer waters. The time period for this visualization is 10 January 2005 through 2006. For each second the passes in the visualization, about 2.5 days pass.

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.

This visualization was created in support of the 2011 UNESCO conference in Paris, France.

Color bar indicating sea surface temperature (SST).  Red is high, blue is low

Color bar indicating sea surface temperature (SST). Red is high, blue is low


Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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This page was last updated on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at 10:02 PM EDT.


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