NASA Scientific Visualization Studio Collection
Aqua MODIS Sea Surface Temperature Progression during Hurricane Katrina
Four days of accumulating Aqua MODIS sea surface temperature swaths during the period of Hurricane Katrina, from August 27, 2005 through August 30, 2005. Duration: 19.0 seconds
The Aqua satellite orbits the Earth every 99 minutes in a polar, sun-synchronous orbit. The MODIS instrument on Aqua observes reflected light from the Earth in 36 spectral frequencies. These observations can be processed to show many properties of the Earth's surface, from temperature and phytoplankton measurements near the surface of the ocean to fire occurrences and land cover characteristics on the land surface. This animation shows MODIS sea surface temperature data from about 4 days of individual Aqua orbits. Sea surface temperature can only be measured by MODIS in ocean regions that are free of both clouds and sun glint, the bright band of specular reflection in the center of each granule. For this animation the data is accumulated and so builds up a complete picture of the surface of the Earth except around the South Pole, which is in darkness during the entire 4-day period.
*Please give credit for this visualization to* NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Horace Mitchell (Lead)
Gene Feldman (NASA/GSFC)
2005/08/26T23:17:35 - 2005/08/30T21:52:34
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August 27, 2005
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