The State of the Ocean is an online tool from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) that provides near real-time visualization data (most recent 10 days) about ocean features as well as storm events and displays it in Google Earth!
Users can select to view recent data for the following ocean features: sea surface temperature (SST), SST anomaly, chlorophyll, ocean wind speed and wind direction, sea surface height anomaly, ocean surface current speed and direction, and MODIS true color. Users can select to create a url to share the resulting visualization with others.
This is also a neat tool for tracking tropical storms and hurricanes around the globe!
The PO.DAAC website also contains links to other multimedia resources such as animations and images.
Alignment to NC Essential Standards (grades 9-12)