Ocean Heat Content

Geostrophic Velocity

Changes in sea-surface height determine general flow characteristics called geostrophic flow, the balance between the Coriolis force and the horizontal pressure gradient. Using sea surface height anomaly field and the Rio05, the Combined Mean Dynamic Topography (CMDT) produced by CLS Space Oceanography Division, geostrophic flow maps are produced on a daily basis.

Geostrophic Velocity
from dynamic SSH
Atlantic

Geostrophic Velocity
from dynamic SSH
Pacific