Thursday, April 19, 2012

Visualizing Ocean Currents in Google Earth

Planet In Action is a great site that I've written about in the past because it offers some excellent simulations for use in Google Earth. The latest simulation that they've released is based on NASA's Perpetual Oceans. NASA Ocean Currents in Google Earth shows the Earth's constantly moving ocean currents. You can view the simulation using the Google Earth browser plug-in. Watch a preview in the video below.

Applications for Education
Viewing NASA Ocean Currents in Google Earth could be useful for demonstrating why certain parts of the oceans are more prone to having big storms and causing shipwrecks than others. And if you haven't looked at Planet In Action before, you might want to view their ship simulator that puts you in charge of ships on the ocean.

H/T to the Google Earth Blog.