Oceanographic Events During El Niño

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Science  16 Dec 1983:
Vol. 222, Issue 4629, pp. 1189-1195
DOI: 10.1126/science.222.4629.1189


El Niño events, the most spectacular instances of interannual variability in the ocean, have profound consequences for climate and the ocean ecosystem. The 1982-1983 El Niño is perhaps the strongest in this century. El Niño events usually have followed a predictable pattern, but the recent event differs markedly. The physical oceanography of this El Niño is described and compared with that of earlier events.