Wind and Ocean Circulation

This animated visualization was created for the planetarium film 'Dynamic Earth'. It illustrates the trail of energy that flows from atmospheric wind currents to ocean currents.

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Greg Shirah
Horace Mitchell
Thomas and Lucas
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

The visualization could be paired with sections of the film [link] to show the connections of the wind and currents to Earth's entire system .

Educator will have to reinforce with younger audiences how the visualization connects to the Earth's climate system. Visualization can be paused during viewing for educator to reinforce points of understanding.

Educator will need to explain what processes are being illustrated in the images.

CLEAN resource called the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt found [link] could pair with this visualization nicely and reinforce concepts.