The classic El Niños of 1982-83 and 1997-98 : the view from the (model) ocean

Wednesday 28 November 2018 - 11:00 to 12:00
NOC Southampton - Henry Charnock Lecture Theatre (Waterfront Campus).
David Webb (NOC)

The modern El Niño creed states that "Westerly Wind Bursts force Equatorial 
Kelvin Waves which warm the Eastern Equatorial Pacific and trigger El Niño 
events".  But Kelvin waves cannot transport significant amounts of heat.  So 
what is going on?

This talk reports on an analysis of the strong 1982-83 and 1997-98 El Niño 
events in a high resolution ocean model and attempts to replace the creed by 
some decent physics.

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POC seminars