Idealized ENSO Simulation

Joseph Barsugli, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Four visualizations of ENSO (El Nino - Southern Oscillation) are presented. They capture the large-scale, wave-like motion that the tropical Pacific Ocean undergoes during a El-Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event. The four visualizations are 1) sea-level anomaly and ocean temperature anomaly, 2) sea-level anomaly and ocean temperature anomaly and thermocline depth anomaly, 3) the TOGA TAO anomalous SST (sea surface temperature) and 20C isotherm depth (thermocline) anomalous depth, and 4) the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) ocean analysis anomalous SST and 20C isotherm (thermocline) anomalous depth.

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Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Oceanography
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Ocean Environments: Surface Waters
Topics: Ocean:Physical Oceanography, Ocean
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:OceanographyKeywords: Ocean temperature, Thermocline depth anomaly, Sea level anomaly