Abstract's details

Interactive website to visualize and study mesoscale eddies

Jeffrey Early (NorthWest Research Associates, United States)


Brian Curtis (Private database consultant, USA); Jonathan Lilly (Planetary Science Institute, USA); Peter Gaube (University of Washington, USA)

Event: 2022 Ocean Surface Topography Science Team Meeting

Session: Outreach, Education and Altimetric Data Services

Presentation type: Type Oral

Contribution: PDF file


Over the last several decades satellite altimetry data has enabled researchers to track ocean eddies as they traverse the world oceans. These eddies persist for months and sometimes even years, changing size and shape throughout their lifetimes. Many of these eddies are also observed by other instruments, include surface drifters and profiling floats, among other instruments.

In order to convey the rich qualities of these eddies, we created an online, interactive website to explore the evolution of individual eddies in the world oceans. Users explore the history of tracked eddies in the ocean and study the histories of individual eddies fused with other contemporaneous observations.

This online visualization and exploration tool is backed by datasets used in current research by the co-authors studying the physical structure of these eddies and their interactions with biology. These datasets are normalized in a publicly available relational database which supports the online tools and enable future research projects combining these observations. The goal here is to lower the barrier to entry for research and understanding by scientists, students, educators, and the public at large.

Oral presentation show times:

Room Start Date End Date
Sala Pasinetti Tue, Nov 01 2022,15:10 Tue, Nov 01 2022,15:25
Jeffrey Early
NorthWest Research Associates
United States