Seasonal Cycle of the Warm Pool

Niklas Schneider & Tim Barnett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

This movie shows the seasonal cycle of the warm pool for two years from the integration of a coupled ocean-atmosphere general circulation model (ECHO, developed at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, the code came to us courtesy Mojib Latif).

The top panel shows sea surface temperature in degrees Celsius, as a function of latitude and longitude. The lower panels show a measure for the depth of the warm pool: the depth of waters with temperatures larger than 27C. The color coding of the depth is given by the color bar on the right.

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