Observe Earth’s ocean surface currents in relation to sea surface temperature data in these visualizations from NASA. These animations were produced with model data from Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2). Blue represents cooler surface temperatures while red represents warmer temperatures. See how surface flows and eddies distribute energy in the North Atlantic Ocean with a close-up view of the Gulf Stream. A global view of ocean surface currents shows larger patterns of energy distribution.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.