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Ocean Surface Topography from Space
Bird's Eye View
October 01, 2005

This image shows ocean circulation patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, framed by the Florida peninsula on the right and the Texas-Mexico Gulf Coast on the left.
Ocean altimeters, such as those on NASA's TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 satellites, "see" hurricanes with a different
eye. Altimeters measure the height of the sea surface, which is typically higher in areas where ocean water is
warm. Warm water fuels hurricanes as gasoline does an engine, so altimeters can be used to help predict where
hurricanes passing over warm water will intensify. See examples of this use of altimeter data for the 2005
hurricane season.

Altimeter Hurricane Products:

NASA Hurricane Resources - 2005:

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