Components of the Water Cycle on a Flat Map
Water regulates climate, predominately storing heat during the day and releasing it at night. Water in the ocean and atmosphere carry heat from the tropics to the poles. The process by which water moves around the earth, from the ocean, to the atmosphere, to the land and back to the ocean is called the water cycle.
The three animations of atmospheric phenomena were created using data from the GEOS-5 atmospheric model on the cubed-sphere, run at 14-km global resolution for 25-days. Variables animated here include hourly evaporation, water vapor and precipitation. For more information on GEOS-5 see gmao.gsfc.nasa.gov/systems/geos5 . For more information on the cubed-sphere work see science.gsfc.nasa.gov/610.3/cubedsphere.html.
The animation of global sea surface temperature was created using data from a model run of ECCO's Ocean General Circulation Model. See www.ecco-group.org/model.htm for more information on ECCO.
This group of animations are an orthographic view of the data used in Components of the Water Cycle.
Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio This is a contribution of the Consortium for Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program
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