A stunning new animated video — produced as a joint project between MIT and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean — showcases the flow of the world’s ocean currents swirling in captivating splendor. The video, titled “Perpetual Ocean,” takes an astronaut’s view, as if the viewer is in a waltz-like dance orbiting around the Earth.
More video options are also available for download at the Studio’s website, including a 20-minute version of ocean flows at 30 frames per second without the soundtrack, in case you’re looking to completely lose yourself (and your day!) in the presentation.
Overall, the video shows just how complex and vital the oceans are, and the intricacy by which heat and carbon is transferred and transported. It’s also fascinating to follow the tiny details of the currents regionally. Try imagining yourself as a tiny paper boat and see where they might take you. The exercise may reveal an amazing amount about how connected faraway places really are via the world’s ocean currents. It’s a global world indeed.