SoT 62: The Century of Complex Systems

Download Now!Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday.

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El Nino
This image of the Pacific Ocean was produced using sea surface height measurements taken by the U.S./French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. The image shows sea surface height relative to normal ocean conditions on Dec. 1, 1997. In this image, the white and red areas indicate unusual patterns of heat storage; in the white areas, the sea surface is between 14 and 32 centimeters (6 to 13 inches) above normal; in the red areas, it’s about 10 centimeters (4 inches) above normal. The green areas indicate normal conditions, while purple (the western Pacific) means at least 18 centimeters (7 inches) below normal sea level.
Source: NASA.

 

This episode was a bit short, but I’ve included the audio from former astronaut Ed Lu’s TEDx talk about ocean monitoring.

Download here. Duration: [0:40:47]