Climate model animations

These videos are all animations derived from climate models of various kinds. On this page you will find:

  1. Circulation of the Southern Ocean (Antarctic bottom water)
  2. A quick tour of the Southern Ocean
  3. Eddies and jets in the Southern Ocean
  4. Darwin convection
  5. Black Saturday bushfire spread

 

CIRCULATION OF THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

This remarkable animation shows the formation and movement of cold, dense Antarctic water that moves through the bottom of the ocean.

 


 

A QUICK TOUR OF THE GLOBAL OCEAN

A high resolution simulation of the global ocean, showing the evolution of sea surface temperature over a 3 year cycle

 


 

EDDIES AND JETS IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

A high resolution (1/20°) regional simulation of the Southern Ocean, including a peek at a submesoscale (1/80°) resolving nested simulation.

You can find out more about this specacular animation and the research behind it by following this link.

 


 

DARWIN CONVECTION

This animation shows the results from high-resolution simulations of convective clouds near Darwin, Australia. The simulation is of a period during a major international field experiment: The Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE), which was held in January-February 2006. The simulations, using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model represent the atmosphere using a series of nested grids; the highest resolution grid has a horizontal grid spacing of 417 m. The simulations were performed at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Facility in Canberra.
These particular simulations are reported in a paper appearing in Monthly Weather Review, 2013 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-11-00274.1).

You can find out more about this convection research by following this link.

 


 

BLACK SATURDAY BUSHFIRES

This animation shows how the Black Saturday bushfires spread as a result of the terrible weather conditions on the day. The white arrows represent wind direction. Note the rapid change in fire behaviour as the southerly change moves through. 

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