NAAMES – North Atlantic and Marine Ecosystems Study

There is a larger connection between the ocean and the atmosphere than many might realize. The Earth’s oceans are huge storage locations for moisture in the world, and as a result, a very large part of the water cycle and weather systems. Another contribution of the ocean is its ability to retain huge amounts of heat energy that it receives from the sun. The atmosphere acts to exchange heat and moisture from the ocean to its surrounding, making it a driving force for many weather events.
Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions

Ocean-Atmosphere
Interactions

On Earth, all weather occurs within the troposphere, the atmospheric layer closest to the surface. As the oceans heat up and cool down, weather patterns change accordingly. For example, during the late summer months, warm sea surface temperatures encourage uplift and instability in the atmosphere, creating ideal conditions for tropical storms to generate and possibly turn into a hurricane. Being able to better understand how the atmosphere and the ocean interact will allow us to better understand two large driving forces to weather and climate, and how they are changing as time passes. This is where the North Atlantic and Marine Ecosystems Study, or NAAMES project steps in. The NAAMES project is a five-year investigation to resolve key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate. For more information on the project visit the NAAMES homepage..

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The NAAMES project is a five-year investigation to resolve key processes controlling ocean system function, their influences on atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their implications for climate. For more information on the project visit the NAAMES homepage.


 

This page collects some of the lessons, activities, and data parameters on the MY NASA DATA web site that relate to what the NAAMES mission is studying. On this page you can go directly to Live Access Server data parameters and explore the data on your own, through the sample images below, or through a classroom ready lesson plan that will lead you in the creation of several types of data visualizations to help you better understand what the NAAMES mission is studying.