Monitoring the Global Environment


Monitoring the Global Environment

Here is a map showing several satellite images pieced together on top of temperature data of the land and oceans. Scientists call this a global montage. This type of map with the whole Earth stretched out onto one surface is called a Mollweide projection.

Click on below image to see a full month of these images in an animated loop (4 images a day, and each 6 hours apart). Watch for awhile and see if you can pick out where the trade winds are, monsoons in India, the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) along the equator, how the land heats up in the day and cools down at night, and changes in ocean temperatures. You can even watch Hurricane Alex brush the east coast of the United States in early August. Take some time and take some notes while you watch the animation.

Global Montage