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NASA Studying 2015 El Nino Event As Never Before















by Kasha Patel for GSFC News
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 20, 2015









This visualization shows side by side comparisons of Pacific Ocean sea surface height (SSH) anomalies of what is presently happening in 2015 with the Pacific Ocean signal during the famous 1997 El Nino. These 1997 and 2015 El Nino animations were made from data collected by the TOPEX/Poseidon (1997) and the OSTM/Jason-2 (2015) satellites. Image courtesy NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.










Every two to seven years, an unusually warm pool of water - sometimes two to three degrees Celsius higher than normal - develops across the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to create a natural short-term climate change event. This warm condition, known as El Nino, affects the local aquatic environment, but also spurs extreme weather patterns around the world, from flooding in California to droughts in Australia. This winter, the 2015-16 El Nino event will be better observed from space than any previous El Nino.





This year's El Nino is already strong and appears likely to equal the event of 1997-98, the strongest El Nino on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.






 All 19 of NASA's current orbiting Earth-observing missions were launched after 1997. 




In the past two decades, NASA has made tremendous progress in gathering and analyzing data that help researchers understand more about the mechanics and global impacts of El Nino.




"El Nino is a fascinating phenomenon because it has such far-reaching and diverse impacts. The fact that fires in Indonesia are linked with circulation patterns that influence rainfall over the United States shows how complex and interconnected the Earth system is," said Lesley Ott, research meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.





Using NASA satellite observations in tandem with supercomputer processing power for modeling systems, scientists have a comprehensive suite of tools to analyze El Nino events and their global impacts as never before. Throughout this winter, NASA will share the latest scientific insights and imagery updates related to El Nino.






For instance, scientists are learning how El Nino affects the year-to-year variability for fire seasons in the western United States, Amazon and Indonesia. El Nino may also affect the yearly variability of the ground-level pollutant ozone that severely affects human health. Researchers will be keenly focused on how the current El Nino will affect the drought in California.






"We still have a lot to learn about these connections, 
and NASA's suite of satellites will help us understand these processes in a new and deeper way," said Ott.

Many NASA satellites observe environmental factors that are associated with El Nino evolution and its impacts, including sea surface temperature, sea surface height, surface currents, atmospheric winds and ocean color. The joint NASA/NOAA/CNES/EUMETSAT Jason-2 satellite measures sea surface height, which is especially useful in quantifying the heat stored and released by the oceans during El Nino years.




NASA satellites also help scientists see the global impact of El Nino. The warmer than normal eastern Pacific Ocean has far-reaching effects worldwide. These events spur disasters like fires and floods. They change storm tracks, cloud cover and other weather patterns, and they have devastating effects on fisheries and other industries.





NASA's Earth-observing satellites help monitor those and other impacts by measuring land and ocean conditions that both influence and are affected by El Nino. 





For instance, NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission provides worldwide precipitation measurements every three hours. 



NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission measures soil moisture in the top layer of land. 



Both of these satellites are useful for monitoring drought, improving flood warnings and watching crop and fishing industries.



"NASA is at the forefront in providing key observations of El Nino and advancing our understanding of its role in shaping Earth's weather and climate patterns," said Duane Waliser, chief scientist of the Earth Science and Technology Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.









http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_Studying_2015_El_Nino_Event_As_Never_Before_999.html



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