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The El Niño-Southern Oscillation Phenomenon


  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521847865

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  • Many climatic extremes around the globe, such as severe droughts and floods, can be attributed to the periodic warming of the equatorial Pacific sea surface, termed the El Niño or Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Advances in our understanding of ENSO, in which Edward S. Sarachik and Mark A. Cane have been key participants, have led to marked improvements in our ability to predict its development months or seasons, allowing adaptation to global impacts. This book introduces basic concepts and builds to more detailed theoretical treatments. Chapters on the structure and dynamics of the tropical ocean and atmosphere place ENSO in a broader observational and theoretical context. Chapters on ENSO prediction, past and future, and impacts, introduce broader implications of the phenomenon. This book provides an introduction to all aspects of this most important mode of global climate variability, for research workers and students of all levels in climate science, oceanography and related fields.

    • Takes an incremental approach, building to the most complete version of the subject matter now available, written by scientists who helped form modern El Niño or Southern Oscillation (ENSO) theory
    • Places ENSO in the context of its global consequences, explaining its impacts in the past and probable future problems
    • Background on atmosphere and ocean structure and dynamics provides complete account of issues underlying ENSO theory
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521847865
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preview
    2. The observational basis
    3. The equations of motion and some simplifications
    4. Boundary layers on both sides of the tropical ocean surface
    5. Atmospheric processes
    6. Ocean processes
    7. ENSO mechanisms
    8. ENSO prediction and short term climate prediction
    9. ENSO, past and future, or ENSO by proxy and ENSO in the tea leaves
    10. Using ENSO information
    11. Postview
    Appendix 1. Some useful numbers
    Appendix 2. The parabolic cylinder functions
    Appendix 3. Modal and non-modal growth

  • Authors

    Edward S. Sarachik, University of Washington
    Edward S. Sarachik is Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He has been an active contributor to research on tropical meteorology, tropical oceanography and coupled interactions in the tropics. He has also worked on other problems of oceanography, in particular the global thermohaline circulation. Professor Sarachik has served on nineteen National Research Council committees, chairing two, in particular the Tropical Ocean Global Atmosphere (TOGA) Panel. He worked to found the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and has chaired IRI advisory committees since its inception. Until his retirement, he co-directed the Center for Science in the Earth System at the University of Washington, a center devoted to the dynamics of climate variability and change and impacts of such variability and change on the ecology, built environment, and people of the Pacific Northwest of the United States. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

    Mark A. Cane, Columbia University, New York
    Mark A. Cane is G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences, and Director of the Master of Arts Program in Climate and Society at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. With Lamont colleague Steven Zebiak, he devised the first numerical model able to simulate El Niño or Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and in 1985 this model was used to make the first physically based forecasts of ENSO. Since then the Zebiak-Cane model has been the primary tool used by many investigators to enhance understanding of ENSO. Professor Cane continues to work on El Niño prediction and its impact on human activity, especially agriculture and health. His efforts over many years were instrumental in the creation of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia. His current research interests include paleoclimate problems and the light they shed on future climate change. Professor Cane has been honoured with the Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society (1992), the Cody Award in Ocean Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2003), and the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award from the World Meteorological Organization (2009). He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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