Jet Streams - A creative illustration of this meteorological phenomenon

Jet Streams

A creative illustration of this meteorological phenomenon.

A better look at the arrow symbols used in the illustration.

A better look at the arrow symbols used in the illustration.

A closer view of the cloud formations, derived from satellite data, used in the model.

A closer view of the cloud formations, derived from satellite data, used in the model.

Jet Streams

This diagram illustrates, in a generalised fashion, the location and movement of this particular meteorological phenomenon. The jet streams are a series of changeable, typically undulating, currents of strong westerly winds that occur high in the atmosphere. They affect global weather patterns by impacting upon air pressures and temperatures closer to the surface of the Earth.

One of the main challenges when producing this model was to combine as seamlessly as possible 'real' data, captured by satellite, with computer generated graphics. In order to achieve this it was felt necessary to adjust the colours of the satellite image. It was perceived that a more 'natural', less saturated, looking image would not have sat so comfortably against the 'gel' like arrow features.

Data from the following source was used in the compilation of these illustrations: Blue Marble: Next Generation: NASA's Earth Observatory.

Illustration showing, in a generalised fashion, the location and movement of the jet streams.

Another illustration from the same series, with a view of the Earth from a different position. This viewpoint focuses upon North and South America.

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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities and media organisations. My work has been included in products published by Dorling Kindersley, Millennium House, National Geographic, Pearson Longman, Royal Horticultural Society, Taschen and Weldon Owen.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

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