El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation

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S. George Philander
Academic Press, Dec 14, 1989 - Science - 293 pages
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El Nino and the Southern Oscillation is by far the most striking phenomenon caused by the interplay of ocean and atmosphere. It can be explained neither in strictly oceanographic nor strictly meteorological terms. This volume provides a brief history of the subject, summarizes the oceanographic and meteorological observations and theories, and discusses the recent advances in computer modeling studies of the phenomenon.

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* Includes a comprehensive and up-to-date research survey
* Discusses in detail sophisticated computer models
* Provides a clear exposition of the major problems which prevent more accurate predictions of El Nino
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Variability of the Tropical Atmosphere
9
Chapter 2 Oceanic Variability in the Tropics
58
I
103
II
158
Chapter 5 Models of the Tropical Atmosphere
210
Chapter 6 Interactions between the Ocean and Atmosphere
230
Bibliography
257
Index
285
International Geophysics Series
291
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