3. Model animations from MIT and ECCO2


Model integrations and image processing by Oliver Jahn with Chris Hill, Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Mick Follows (MIT).  Two model animation examples: current speed and chlorophyll for the globe and North Atlantic: 1.1 Global: model, current speed (m s-1) and surface chlorophyll (mg Chl a m-3) (26950KB, mp4)

  1. 12.1 North Atlantic: model, current speed (white, m s-1) and surface chlorophyll (blue/green, mg Chl a m-3) (23864KB, mp4)

Available for global ocean, N. Atlantic, tropical Pacific and S. Ocean for sea surface temperature, mixed layer thickness, eddy velocity, surface chlorophyll and phytoplankton groups.


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  1. 11.1 Global: model, current speed (m s-1) and surface chlorophyll (mg Chl a m-3) (26950KB, mp4)

  2. 21.2 Global: model, sea surface temperature (degrees C) (23308KB, mp4)

  3. 31.3 Global: model, mixed-layer-depth (m) (80981KB, mp4)

  4. 41.4 Global: model, eddy velocity (m s-1, based square root of eddy kinetic energy) (127600KB, mp4)

  5. 51.5 Global: model, surface chlorophyll (mg Chl a m-3) (38282KB, mp4)

  6. 61.6 Global: model, biogeography of phytoplankton types (mmol P m-2) (30248KB, mp4)

  7. 72.1 North Atlantic: model, current speed (white, m s-1) and surface chlorophyll (blue/green, mg Chl a m-3) (23864KB, mp4)

  8. 82.2 North Atlantic: model, sea surface temperature (degrees C) (23245KB, mp4)

  9. 92.3 North Atlantic: model, mixed-layer-depth (m) (82296KB, mp4)

  10. 102.4 North Atlantic: model, eddy velocity (m s-1, based square root of eddy kinetic energy) (113363KB, mp4)

  11. 112.5 North Atlantic: model, surface chlorophyll (mg Chl a m-3) (31645KB, mp4)

  12. 122.6 North Atlantic: model, biogeography of phytoplankton types (mmol P m-2) (27197KB, mp4)

  13. 133.1 Southern Ocean: model, current speed (white, m s-1) and surface chlorophyll (blue/green, mg Chl a m-3) (14969KB, mp4)

  14. 143.2 Southern Ocean: model, sea surface temperature (degrees C) (12605KB, mp4)

  15. 153.3 Southern Ocean: model, mixed-layer-depth (m) (42787KB, mp4)

  16. 163.4 Southern Ocean: model, eddy velocity (m s-1, based square root of eddy kinetic energy) (62753KB, mp4)

  17. 173.5 Southern Ocean: model, surface chlorophyll (mg Chl a m-3) (24205KB, mp4)

  18. 183.6 Southern Ocean: model, biogeography of phytoplankton types (mmol P m-2) (16758KB, mp4)

  19. 194.1 Tropical Pacific: model, current speed (white, m s-1) and surface chlorophyll (blue/green, mg Chl a m-3) (19674KB, mp4)

  20. 204.2 Tropical Pacific: model, sea surface temperature (degrees C) (13961KB, mp4)

  21. 214.3 Tropical Pacific: model, mixed-layer-depth (m) (53358KB, mp4)

  22. 224.4 Tropical Pacific: model, eddy velocity (m s-1, based square root of eddy kinetic energy) (117768KB, mp4)

  23. 234.5 Tropical Pacific: model, surface chlorophyll (mg Chl a m-3) (25001KB, mp4)

  24. 244.6 Tropical Pacific: model, biogeography of phytoplankton types (mmol P m-2) (18053KB, mp4)


These model animations from MITgcm and ECCO2 configured at 18 km resolution from January 1994 to December 1999 for the physics and January 1997 to December 1999 for the ecosystem; further details of the physical model, see Menemenlis et al. (2005) and the ecosystem model, see Follows et al. (2007).

The model animations include coupled physical and biological distributions (surface speed and chlorophyll), as well as additional physical  (sea surface temperature, mixed-layer depth, eddy velocity) and biological distributions (surface chlorophyll and biogeography of phytoplankton types) over the globe and for selected regions over the North Atlantic, the Southern Ocean and the tropical Pacific (where there is a pronounced El Nino event in 1997/1998).


References:

D. Menemenlis, C. Hill, A. Adcroft, J. Campin, B. Cheng, B. Ciotti, I. Fukumori, P. Heimbach, C. Henze, A. Köhl, T. Lee, D. Stammer, J. Taft, and J. Zhang (2005). NASA supercomputer improves prospects for ocean climate research. Eos Trans. AGU, 86, 89, 95–96.

 Follows, M.J., S. Dutkiewicz, S. Grant and S.W. Chisholm (2007) Emergent biogeography of microbial communities in a model ocean. Science, 315, 1843–1846.