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Sea surface temperature simulated by the NEMO general circulation model

A sea surface temperature model
Name: Sea surface temperature simulated by the NEMO general circulation model
The image shows a 5 day mean of simulated sea surface temperature for the 26th-30th April 2005.  The simulation was performed using the NEMO ocean general circulation model at 1/4 degree resolution.  Colour denotes temperature in the image and ranges from -2 degrees C (pale magenta) to 24 degrees C (pale pink)



Coral with blue background
Name: Coral
Location: Coral Reef


North Wales coastline

A stormy day on the North Wales coastline 
Name: North Wales coastline
Location: North Wales


RRS Discovery in rough seas

RRS James Clark Ross in rough seas
Name: RRS James Clark Ross
Location: Drake Passage

Description: A very rough sea encountered during a research expedition


Sunset at sea

Sunset at sea
Name: Research cruise sunset
Location: 400km south-west of Iceland over the Reykjanes Ridge
Another day of research at sea ends with a beautiful sunset


Wave hitting coast

Wave hitting coast
Name: Wave crashing on shore
Description: Great picture of a large wave breaking on a shoreline


Sediment near the shore

Sediment near the shore
Name: Sediment deposits
Description: large amounts of sediment deposits gathering near the shore



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