Ocean Currents

     As a result of global warming, our ocean currents are changing.  As the primary regulators of our climate, these currents store and emit much of the energy that they receive.  Our oceans in the polar regions absorb and then emit this heat into our equatorial regions. Forcasting ocean currents thus allows a better prediction of heat fluctuations on a local as well as a global scale.

 

     Moreover, because all of our oceans are interconnected, and in order to establish a beneficial model for forecasting ocean currents, it is necessary to study considerable data from each corner of the world, particularly in key areas such as the Drake Passage, which forms a point of connection among Antarctic Circumpolar Currents and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Since these southern areas are difficult to access, our current data is not sufficient enough.

 

     The data that we will collect on the Podorange (temperature levels, carbon dioxide readings, water salinity measurements, etc.) will be sent to an environmental institute where it will be combined with other, existing data to create and improve upon the models of oceanic current forecasting on a global scale.

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