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Scientists have long been interested in studying how winds influence ocean waves. 


NCAR Senior Scientist Peter Sullivan wanted to examine the relationship in reverse: How do waves affect the atmosphere?

"Most people focus on winds influencing waves because it’s the easiest to study in a laboratory," Sullivan said. "But nature works the other way, too."


The result is this striking 3D animation showing the influence of ocean waves on the air above.




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