Global Sea Surface Currents and Temperature

  • Released Friday, March 16, 2012

This visualization shows sea surface current flows. The flows are colored by corresponding sea surface temperature data. This visualization is rendered for display on very high resolution devices like hyperwalls or for print media.

This visualization was produced using model output from the joint MIT/JPL project entitled Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (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. The ECCO2 model simulates ocean flows at all depths, but only surface flows are used in this visualization.

A cropped region in the Pacific illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.

A cropped region in the Pacific illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.

A cropped region in the Atlantic illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.  Notice the irregular distribution of grid points (e.g., bright spot near the center).  This is due to the advanced cube-sphere distribution of the data points.  The bright spot is one of the cube-sphere corners.

A cropped region in the Atlantic illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated. Notice the irregular distribution of grid points (e.g., bright spot near the center). This is due to the advanced cube-sphere distribution of the data points. The bright spot is one of the cube-sphere corners.

Full resolution ECCO2 flow field illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.

Full resolution ECCO2 flow field illustrating the distribution of the actual flow vector data points relative to the flow curves. The white dots represent locations where the ECCO2 model defines the ocean current directions. Locations in between those locations are interpolated.

Sea Surface currents of the northern Atlantic Ocean. This version was produced for a 5x3 hyperwall.

Sea Surface currents of the northern Atlantic Ocean. This version was produced for a 5x3 hyperwall.

Sea surface temperature color bar (blue is 0 degrees C, green is 10-20 degrees C, yellow is about 25 degrees C, red is 32 degrees C)

Sea surface temperature color bar (blue is 0 degrees C, green is 10-20 degrees C, yellow is about 25 degrees C, red is 32 degrees C)



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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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This page was originally published on Friday, March 16, 2012.
This page was last updated on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 12:01 AM EDT.


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