NASA/JPL's Perpetual Ocean, “Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II or ECCO2”... (Video)

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

"Perpetual Ocean," takes an astronaut's view, as if the viewer is in a waltz-like dance orbiting around the Earth; in this high resolution computational model of the global ocean and sea-ice...

Note the dark patterns under the ocean represent the undersea bathymetry... Topographic land exaggeration = 20x; & bathymetric exaggeration = 40x.

-Enlarged [VIEW]

-Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
(Scientific Visualization Studio)
-Source: []

COMMENTS: Sargasso currents, the equatorial belts, some massive gyre off Somalia, these amazing Karman vortices just off Indonesia, and then this massive pulse rippling past Japan, and then the North Pacific is simmering and pulsing, and some nice little Hadley cells off South America. ~Hewpie

It would be interesting to take the sea levels down 100 meters or so in a computer model and see how these flows might change.

Earth spends a lot more time in glacial periods than in interglacial periods and when sea levels are that low, the land masses such as Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea and the Caribbean change considerably which would likely have a major impact on some pretty important flows. ~crosspatch

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