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El Nino and the Southern Oscillation: Multiscale Variability and Global and Regional Impacts

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The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon is a recurrent feature of the climate in tropical regions. In this volume leading experts summarize information gained over the past decade on diverse aspects of ENSO, which have led to marked improvements in forecasting. This volume compares ENSO's modern morphology and variability with its recent historic and prehistoric behavior. It expands and updates Diaz and Markgraf's earlier volume El Niño: Historical and Paleoclimatic Aspects of the Southern Oscillation (Cambridge University Press, 1992). Key features include new paleoclimate records and new information that links ENSO variability to aspects of human health.
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"The editors express the hope that this book makes a contribution toward a broader understanding of the ENSO phenomenon, by providing an updated synthesis of some of the significant accomplishments toward this goal, and by highlighting some of the areas where gaps in our knowledge still exist. Their hopes have been realized." EOS

"This excellent book utility as both a graduate-level textbook and reference book for active researchers fills much-needed niche in presenting the expansive topic of ionospheric physics and chemistry." EOS

"An important reference book for researchers in all fields relating to climatology." Northeastern Nationalist 2001

"The book is beautifully produced with high quality paper. I found relatively few typos, incorrect references, or other technical errors...This excellent book's utility as both a graduate-level textbook and reference book for active researchers fills a much-needed niche in presenting the expansive topic of ionospheric physics and chemistry. It relates to the reader the passion these two scholars have for the subject." EOS Nov 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521621380
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Global and Regional Characteristics and Impacts of Enson Variability: 1. ENSO and climatic variability in the last 150 years R. Allan; 2. Understanding and predicting extratropical teleconnections related to ENSO M. Hoerling and A. Kumar; 3. Global modes of ENSO and non-ENSO sea surface temperature variability and their associations with climate D. B. Enfield and A. Nuñez-Mesta; 4. Multiscale streamflow variability associated with El Niño/Southern Oscillation M. D. Dettinger et al.; 5. El Niño-Southern Oscillation and the seasonal predictability of tropical cyclones C. W. Landsea; 6. Climate and ENSO variability associated with Vector-borne diseases in Colombia G. Poveda et al.; Part II. Long-Term Chances in ENSO Historical Paleoclimatic, and Theoretical Aspects: 7. The documentary historical record of El Niño events in Peru: an update of the Quinn Record (sixteenth through nineteenth centuries) L. Ortlieb; 8. Tree-ring records of past ENSO variability and forcing E. R. Cook et al.; 9. The tropical ice core record of ENSO L. G. Thompson et al.; 10. Long-term variability in the El Niño/Southern Oscillation and associated teleconnections M. E. Mann et al.; 11. Modulation of ENSO on decadal and longer time scales R. Kleeman and S. Power; 12. Global climate change and El Niño: a theoretical framework D.-Z. Sun; 13. The ENSO record in the Holocene: a synthesis V. Markgraf and H. F. Diaz.
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