Tsunami Debris Project
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Tracking the debris from the 11 March 2011 tsunami in Japan using the SCUD model of the surface ocean currents.
The track of debris from the 11 March 2011 tsunami in
Japan is plotted daily. The SCUD (Surface CUrrents from
Diagnostic model) developed by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner
at the IPRC is employed to track tracers released from the
NE coast of Japan on 11 March 2011. The total number of tracers
released was 678,305 distributed along the NE
coast of Japan and weighted relative to population density. The
dated 11 March 2011 shows the initial distribution of tracers along the
coast. Then the tracers are carried by SCUD currents and
their location is plotted each day. Only the last day is plotted on this page, the animation contains all days since 11-MAR-2011.
The individual images can be found here .
And animations are here (in animated gif format) or here (in avi format).
The latest debris data are available as an ASCII file latest_data.dat in directory LATEST_DATA.
The data format is :
longitude current day, latitude current day, longitude the previous
day, latitude the previous day, longitude at the origin, longitude at the origin, number of days since 11-MAR-2011
(11-MAR-2011 = day 0.)
The file latest_data.txt contains the information about the date.