Tour the deep Southern Ocean from the safety of your couch

You know I love a good visualization and this one of the Southern Ocean is no slouch. I forgive the somewhat standard narration for the shear beauty of the phenomena illustrated. Circulation, eddies, deep water formation, isopycnals. It’s got it ALL. Seriously, check out the waterfalls of super dense water flowing off the continental shelf at the edge of the Ross Sea at 1:30 min. And the spread of Antarctic Bottom Water along the Atlantic seafloor, it’s like the Oobleck. Just the beautiful, dynamical, oxygen-laden, cold and salty version. How does one make such an impressively high-resolution animation? With awesome output from an ocean model run on Australia’s most powerful supercomputer of course! Scientists from the ANU hub of ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science ran the model, and dataviz experts from the National Computational Infrastructure’s VizLab team made it pretty. Enjoy!


Big data reveals glorious animation of Antarctic bottom water

Dr. Martini (156 Posts)

Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.