Three-dimensional General Circulation Models divide the ocean into a rectangular grid with layered vertical columns. This North Atlantic model uses a 1-6-degree grid with 37 layers. It captured 30 years of velocity, sea-surface temperature, and salinity. The model realistically separates the Gulf Stream from the Florida coast. A feature as small as the Gulf Stream had not appeared in lower-resolution models.


SubjectsChemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Space Science
Education levelHigher Education
Resource typesAudio/Visual, Instructional Material
Resource formattext, text/html
CreatorPeggy Li, James Tsiao, Yi Chao, Benny Cheng

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CopyrightPlease give credit to NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio.

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Scientific Visualization Studio
Title Scientific Visualization Studio
Link http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/
Description The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Scientific Visualization Studio collection contains visualizations produced from satellite data or from computer simulations of geophysical phenomena using such satellite data. The visualizations show physical phenomena that occur on Earth, other planets, and the sun. The visualizations focus on natural events such as hurricanes, fires, and floods, virtual zooms and fly-bys of cities and interesting geographic areas of Earth and Mars, and daily, seasonal, annual, or decadal variations of snow, sea ice, ozone, sea surface temperature, aerosols, land cover, and ocean productivity.