GHM Editorial Preface: The nerd in me knows there is something to be learned from this – follow the current to the fish perhaps?
Van Gogh was good, Mother Nature even better: Nasa’s model of ocean currents looks like the famous painter’s ‘The Starry Night’
One of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works is The Starry Night, which shows the stars as giant white swirls.
But whatever the post-impressionist painter can do, Mother Nature can do better.
When NASA made a visualisation of ocean surface currents around the world the result looked remarkable like the 1889 work of the celebrated Van Gogh.
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Art of the matter: NASA’s ocean current model looks just like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night
Calming: NASA produced the model simply as a ‘visceral’ experience
Water great picture: The ‘Perpetual Ocean’ model represents the currents that existed between 2006 and 2007
The visualisation was produced using a computational model that the space agency called ‘Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II – or ECCO2.
The model is based on the currents from June 2005 to December 2007.
NASA said: ‘ECCO2 is high resolution model of the global ocean and sea-ice. ECCO2 attempts to model the oceans and sea ice to increasingly accurate resolutions that begin to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow-current systems which transport heat and carbon in the oceans.
Much-loved: The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
‘The ECCO2 model simulates ocean flows at all depths, but only surface flows are used in this visualisation.’
The goal, it added was simply to produce a ‘simple, visceral experience’.
Some might say that it’s Mother Nature at her artistic best.