Simulated Sea Surface Speeds

  • Released Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • Updated Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:54AM
  • ID: 30494

This simulation shows sea surface speed in ultra-high resolution. Several oceanic characteristics are included in the simulation and are visible in its output; including tides, atmospheric pressure forcing, diurnal cycles, and dynamic/thermodynamic sea ice .

The model has a .75 to 2.2 km horizontal grid spacing and 90 vertical levels, with 1-m vertical levels near the surface. The full 3D grid is output at hourly intervals.

Yellow shades represent relatively fast sea surface speeds, while red shades represent slower speeds. The simulation was carried out using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model ( by the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) group.

C. Hill, G. Forget (MIT)
C. Henze, B. Nelson, B. Ciotti (Ames)
D. Menemenlis (JPL)
A. Chaudhuri (AER)
MITgcm/ECCO developers and users
SGI and NAS computer scientists and engineers


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