November 21, 2012

This animated simulation was conducted with the MIT coupled ocean-sea ice general circulation model, or in short, MITgcm. The configuration was constructed as part of the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean Phase II, or ECCO2 project. It was run by project partners Gunnar Spreen and Dimitris Menemenlis at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on NASA’s supercomputer, “Pleiades” at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

Tim Sandstrom at NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division performed the visualization of the simulations.

Image Credits:
Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA,
European Space Agency (ESA) CryoSat Mission,
National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) Earth Observatory,
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC),
National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC),
Alfred-Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI),

Read more about Principal Research Scientist Patrick Heimbach’s work in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT News:

The MITgcm website:

And the website for NASA’s ECCO2:

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