TAO 3-D Visualizations U.S.Dept of Commerce / NOAA / PMEL / TAO

Animation Controls
Run Backward Step Backward Stop Step Forward Run Forward
Click Repeatedly to Run Slower Click Repeatedly to Run Faster Run to the end then continue at the beginning Run to the end then reverse direction
Legend Diagram

This is a view of the current El Nino / La Nina evolving in the tropical Pacific Ocean. You are looking westward, across the equator in the Pacific Ocean, from a vantage point somewhere in the Andes Mountains in South America. The colored surfaces show TAO ocean temperatures. The top surface is the sea-surface, from 8°N to 8°S and from 137°E to 95°W. The shape of the sea surface is determined by TAO Dynamic Height data. The wide vertical surface is at 8°S and extends to 500 meters depth. The narrower vertical surface is at 95°W. The animation frames show monthly values for the last 60 months. All of these data come from the Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) network of moored ocean buoys in Equatorial Pacific.

TAO 3-D Visualizations TAO Home Tour of the TAO Project El Niño and La Niña Information

People to contact in the TAO Project, Dr. Michael J. McPhaden, Director
This page maintained by Dai McClurg, dai.c.mcclurg at noaa.gov
October 1998
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