A True Representation of How El Nino Is Affecting Our World (Draft 1)

This discussion topic submitted by Elizabeth Bentley (bentlea@po.miamioh.edu) on 4/14/98.

My first objective is to elaborate on the scientific process of El Nino. The effects of this phenomenon have received a great deal of attention this year, yet most people have a vague understanding of what is actually occuring. My second objective is to bring in the positive aspects of El Nino. The media has created such a negative impression of El Nino with thier numerous stories about death and destruction. While El Nino has caused much havoc in the world, this force has also allowed the scientific community to learn more about global climate. As knowledge about climate and related processes is acquired, individuals can work to prevent the negative impacts of these forces.

El Nino

1) Clarification of Scientific Process
a)Southern Oscillation

2) Positive vs. Negative Global Results
a)1982-1983 El Nino
b)1997-1998 El Nino

3) Forecasting Methods


1) Currents of Change: El Nino's Impact on climate and Society, Michael Glantz, 1996

2) Learning to Predict climate Variations Associated with El Nino and the Southern Oscillation, National Research Council, 1996

3) Global Ecological Consequences of the 1982-83 El Nino-Southern Oscillation, P.W. Glynn, 1990

4) Children of the Tropics: El Nino and La Nina, Bob Henson, 1998

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