Sea Surface Temperature, Salinity, and Density
[24-Aug-2022] Sea for yourself! Explore patterns in sea surface temperature, salinity, and density in these images adapted from data collected by NASA's earth-observing satellites. Ocean water properties are influenced by many factors, such as heating from the Sun, Earth's rotation, currents, winds, rainfall, rivers, and sea ice. The first image shows
the long-term average of sea surface temperature, with red representing warmer temperatures and blue representing colder temperatures. The second image shows the long-term average of sea surface salinity, with white representing higher salinity and dark regions representing lower salinity. The third image shows the long-term average of sea surface density, with light blue representing lower density and dark
blue representing higher density.
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