Feel the zen of the ocean with this coastal current map

I am SO excited that someone finally did this! From the code that brought you this amazing wind map comes this map of surface currents. Look at the squiggles in the Atlantic Gulf Stream, that giant eddy in the Gulf and all that really sluggish offshore flow on the Pacific Side. Seriously West Coast, Y U so boring?!  Click on the pic to head to the site and get the full animated effect.

Stare deeply into my eddies and meanders.

Stare deeply into my eddies and meanders.
[http://testbedwww.sura.org/ocean/]

What is exceptionally cool about this current map is all the work that went on behind the scenes to bring you what it a relatively simple picture of the ocean. Screw the meteorologists and their weather, this is an ocean forecast people!  Using a model governed by the laws of ocean physics oceanographers can predict surface currents by assimilating all the data like the BORG. This includes winds from atmospheric models, satellite sea surface heights, satellite  sea surface temperature, currents from land-based radars, coastal tide gauges and even subsurface salinity and temperature sections taken by ocean robots (aka gliders).  This represents years of work by hundreds of scientists.

So please, sit back and appreciate the awesomeness of sea science while watching the gorgeous, sinuous streams of our ocean’s currents.

 

Kim Martini (78 Posts)

Kim is a Physical Oceanographer at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she uses observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence).





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