Ocean Surface Topography from Space

Margaret Srinivasan, NASA JPL

The "Global Conveyer Belt" shows how the oceans move energy from the tropics to the poles and back again in order to moderate Earth's climate. This is accomplished through long-term ocean circulation. This on-line tutorial about ocean circulation features text, pictures, and satellite imagery with links to topics such as ocean heat transport, the coriolis effect, hills and valleys in the ocean, measurement and motion in the wind and ocean, changes in sea height over time, and El Nino.

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Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Incorporating Societal Issues:Climate Change, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography, Atmospheric ScienceKeywords: Heat transport, Energy Balance, Ocean currents, El Nino