Temperature and Size Variabilities of the Western Pacific Warm Pool

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Science  04 Dec 1992:
Vol. 258, Issue 5088, pp. 1643-1645
DOI: 10.1126/science.258.5088.1643


Variabilities in sea-surface temperature and size of the Western Pacific Warm Pool were tracked with 10 years of satellite multichannel sea-surface temperature observations from 1982 to 1991. The results show that both annual mean sea-surface temperature and the size of the warm pool increased from 1983 to 1987 and fluctuated after 1987. Possible causes of these variations include solar irradiance variabilities, EI Niño—Southern Oscillation events, volcanic activities, and global warming.