Temperature in the Eastern Bering Sea


    The animation shows surface (level 45) and near-bottom (level 1) temperature in the Eastern Bering Sea for June through October 2009. Gray contour lines indicate the 50m,100m, 500m and 1000m isobaths. The surface temperature animation depicts overall sea surface temperature evolution along with the temporal and spatial variability of the major currents of the region including the Alaska Stream (in the North Pacific), the Aleutian North Slope Current (along the northern side of the Aleutian Island Chain) and the Bering Slope current (roughly along the 1000m isobath). The near-bottom temperature animation emphasizes the complex fine-scale structure that develops along the shelf fronts and around the islands of the Bering Sea shelf.