El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125532358, 9780080570983

El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation, Volume 46

1st Edition

Series Editors: James Holton Renata Dmowska
Editors: S. Philander
eBook ISBN: 9780080570983
Hardcover ISBN: 9780125532358
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th November 1989
Page Count: 293
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Table of Contents

The Southern Oscillation (Variability of the Tropical Atmosphere). Oceanic Variability in the Tropics. Oceanic Adjustment. I. Oceanic Adjustment. II. Models of Tropical Atmosphere. Interactions between the Ocean and Atmosphere. Bibliograpy.


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.

Key Features

  • 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


Physical oceanographers, meteorologists/climatologists, biological oceanographers, and marine biologists.


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"The book will be indispensable to anyone attempting to penetrate the large and confusing literature; Philander has made a good story of it." --SCIENCE

"George Philander in his new book captures the story behind the present embryonic science of forecasting climate variability, and comprehensively explores the coupled physics of the atmosphere and oceans that forms the basis of this science." --NATURE

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About the Series Editors

James Holton Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Renata Dmowska Series Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

About the Editors

S. Philander Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University, New Jersey