Global Sea Surface Currents and Temperature

July 9, 2012, 11:50 am

This visualization of the world's oceans was produced using NASA/JPL's computational model called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2. ECCO2 is high resolution model of the global ocean and sea-ice. ECCO2 attempts to model the oceans and sea ice to increasingly accurate 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. There are 2 versions provided: one with the flows colored with gray, the other with flows colored using sea surface temperature data. The sea surface temperature data is also from the ECCO2 model. The dark patterns under the ocean represent the undersea bathymetry. Topographic land exaggeration is 20x and bathymetric exaggeration is 40x.

Completed: 2012-02-10
Animators: Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC) (Lead)
  Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)
  Eric Sokolowsky (GST)
Producer: Michael Starobin (HTSI)
Scientists: Hong Zhang (UCLA)
  Dimitris Menemenlis (NASA/JPL CalTech)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: GTOPO30 Topography and Bathymetry (3-2007 through 2-2008)
  ECCO2 High Resolution Ocean and Sea Ice Model




(2012). Global Sea Surface Currents and Temperature. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/video/51cbf3a37896bb431f6ad8aa