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    Default Ocean Surface Vorticity

    Interesting animation.
    This animation shows daily values of the ocean surface relative vorticity as simulated by the Parallel Ocean Program (POP). Vorticity, which can be thought of as the rate of fluid rotation, is particularly useful for visualizing ocean turbulent flow, highlighting the presence of swirling eddies. A significant amount of the total kinetic energy in the world ocean is attributable to these turbulent motions, making them an important component in balances of energy, momentum, heat, salt, and chemical constituents (such as carbon dioxide) throughout the globe.
    @ https://sos.noaa.gov/datasets/ocean-surface-vorticity/

    Open the link then click on "View interactive sphere" for the animation.

    It looks counter intuitive, as you would expect to see the ocean currents, but it is probably the turbulence at the edges of the currents.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Ocean Surface Vorticity

    Wow. The Yucatán Channel is pretty active!

    What are you doing about it?




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    Default Re: Ocean Surface Vorticity

    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Wow. The Yucatán Channel is pretty active!
    I believe that the Gulf Stream is well known for its eddy's and meanders.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: Ocean Surface Vorticity

    That's fantastic. When the globe turned to show almost nothing but Pacific Ocean, I thought it looked pretty much like a sister planet to Jupiter.
    I don't care to know what the tough do when the going gets tough.

    I am interested in what the enlightened do.

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