Dazzling Visualizations of Global Sea Surface Temperatures and Kinetic Energy

by Owen James Burke

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The Gulf Stream traps heat along the eastern seaboard of the United States, which scientists are modeling to study sea surface temperatures and climate change. Graphic: Los Alamos National Laboratory

Researchers simulating global climate change at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico created a visualization of sea surface temperatures and kinetic energy (below) by measuring vorticity, or the circulation of water. What they came up with is purely mesmerizing.

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Global sea surface kinetic energy. These “paint-like” swirls could have come off Van Gogh’s paintbrush. Graphic: Los Alamos National Laboratory

The jet stream sweeps its way across the continental US before meeting with the Gulf Stream and heads north along the eastern seaboard of the United States, leaving eddies left and right as it veers into the middle of the north Atlantic.

Read more at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s website, or just keep staring. — OJB

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