The Art of Sensing from Space: NASA's Perpetual Ocean

At Beacon Institute our deep fascination with advanced technologies that monitor the planet’s water extends as well to the artistry of that pursuit. From design to fabrication to data visualization, why not make all of it beautiful as well as informative? This is something at which NASA excels, as the following video demonstrates. More after.

From NASA:

This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization does not include a narration or annotations; the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience.

This extraordinary piece of visualization art is a product of NASA’s GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) Mission, two satellites that have already gone beyond their planned research life and are now in “extended mission phase.”

More at NASA’s “Perpetual Ocean” website & NASA’s GRACE mission website