Currents of Change: El Nino's Impact On Climate and Society

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Every year, extreme climatic problems occur around the globe, with droughts in some places and floods in others. Recently, we have come to recognise that some of these widely dispersed climatic extremes might have a common origin in the periodic warming of sea surface water in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. A century ago, Peruvian fishermen connected this appearance of warm water every December to changes in fish numbers and christened it 'El Niño', the Spanish term for the Christ Child. In ...

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Overview

Every year, extreme climatic problems occur around the globe, with droughts in some places and floods in others. Recently, we have come to recognise that some of these widely dispersed climatic extremes might have a common origin in the periodic warming of sea surface water in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. A century ago, Peruvian fishermen connected this appearance of warm water every December to changes in fish numbers and christened it 'El Niño', the Spanish term for the Christ Child. In some years, El Niño lingers, and seems to be connected with droughts in Australia, Brazil or India, reduced incidence of tropical hurricanes on the east coast of the US, and floods in Peru. Currents of Change explains in simple terms what El Niño is, how its effects might be forecast and its far reaching impacts on all of us.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521576598
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 El Nino 13
3 A tale of two histories 23
4 The biography of El Nino 45
5 The 1982-83 El Nino: A case of an anomalous anomaly 59
6 Forecasting El Nino 73
7 Teleconnections 90
8 Method used to identify El Nino 109
9 International science 121
10 Why care about El Nino? 141
11 "In their own words..." 151
12 Usable science 175
References 182
Index 189
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