Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fascinating animation shows the ever-changing temperature of our oceans

Sea surface temperature (SST) simulation from GFDL's high resolution coupled atmosphere-ocean model.


A fascinating animation by two scientists shows how the surface temperature of the sea varies across the world throughout the year.

Created by the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (GFDL), the graphic illustrates the ever-changing temperature of our oceans.

As the animation focuses on various locations of the world ocean we see the major current systems eg. the Agulhas current, Brazil current, Gulf Stream, Pacific Equatorial current, Kuroshio current. The small scale eddy structure is resolved and evident.

It’s as if Earth had an invisible heart beat showing through the surface temperature of our oceans. Beautiful.

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