El Ni?o 1997-1998: The Climate Event of the Century

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Stanley A. Changnon
Oxford University Press, Apr 6, 2000 - Science - 232 pages
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This book will cover the time span from the first indications of El Nino (May 1997) until its reversal (June 1998). The focus will be largely on the United States, where El Nino produced widespread changes in how the public perceives weather and in the accuracy of forecasts Among the key issues it will examine are how the news media interpreted and dramatixed El Nino and the reaction both of the public and decision-makers (the latter based on interviews with agribusiness, utilities, water management agencies, etc.); the scientific issues emerging from the event; and the social and economic consequences of the event. Finally, it will suggest what can and should be done when El Nino occurs in the future.
 

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Contents

1 What Made El Niño 19971998 Famous? The Key Events Associated with a Unique Climate Event
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2 Causes Predictions and Outcomes of El Niño 19971998
28
3 Was El Niño a Weather MetaphorA Signal for Global Warming?
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4 The Scientific Issues Associated with El Niño 19971998
68
5 Who Used and Benefited from the El Niño Forecasts?
109
6 Impacts of El Niños Weather
136
Implications for Forecast Value and the Future of Climate Services
172
Surprises Lessons Learned and the Legacy of El Niño 19971998
197
Index
211
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