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NASA: HD Global Sea Surface Currents and Temperature

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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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 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.

Story Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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