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

  • Released Thursday, February 10th, 2011
  • Updated Sunday, August 20th, 2023 at 10:02PM
  • ID: 3821

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


This visualization can be found in the following series:

Datasets used in this visualization

ECCO2 (A.K.A. ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model)
Model NASA/JPL 10 Jan 2005 00:00Z to 01 Jan 2006 18:00Z

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