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As the Oceans Switch, Climate Shifts

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 157
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.157

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While climate scientists ponder the ocean's possible wildcard role in the next couple of centuries of greenhouse warming (see main text), other researchers are considering how the ocean and atmosphere shift climate in our lifetime. Last winter's El Niño was a prime example of ocean and atmosphere conspiring to bring climate change. But oscillations in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic have also long been suspected of shifting climate from decade to decade, and others are on the table.