Earth  ID: 3948

Circulation of Ocean Currents Around the Western Antarctic Ice Shelves

This animation shows the circulation of ocean currents around the western Antarctic ice shelves. The shelves are indicated by the rainbow color; red is thicker (>550m), while blue is thinner (<200m). The ocean flow runs from the surface to 900 m, colored white at the surface and fading to light blue at depth, and is based on the ECCO2 model over a representative two-month period. Bathymetry, topography, and ice thickness were derived from the RTopo-1 dataset of Timmermann, et al. ( Ground color is from MODIS/Blue Marble.


Visualization Credits

Trent L. Schindler (USRA): Lead Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Patrick Lynch (Wyle Information Systems): Producer
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Data Used:
Terra/MODIS/Blue Marble
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model also referred to as: ECCO2
Model - NASA/JPL
also referred to as: RTopo-1
Data Compilation - Alfred Wegener Institute, British Antarctic Survey, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
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