PIA22473: Downwelling Kelvin Wave in the Pacific
 Target Name:  Earth
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Jason-3
 Spacecraft:  Jason-3
 Product Size:  3300 x 1555 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA22473.tif (5.931 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA22473.jpg (352.9 kB)

Click on the image above to download a moderately sized image in JPEG format (possibly reduced in size from original)

Original Caption Released with Image:

Images from the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite show sea surface height with respect to the seasonal cycle and the long-term trend. Blue/magenta colors indicate lower-than-normal sea levels, while yellow/red colors indicate higher-than-normal sea levels. The April 9, 2018 image (left panel) shows most of the ocean at neutral heights (green). A month later (right panel), a red patch is visible along the equator in the Central Pacific. The red area is a downwelling Kelvin wave, traveling eastward along the equator.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the Jason-3 mission for NASA. NOAA operates Jason-3 in partnership with NASA, the French space agency (CNES), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Image Credit:

Image Addition Date: