Facts about El Niño and corals | Fakten über El Niño und Korallen

The Fisheries Blog

Most of us have probably heard the term El Niño. But what exactly is El Niño and what impact does it have on our oceans and climate?  Another important question to ask is: what can we expect from El Niño in a future with a warmer climate and ocean?  In this week’s article I attempt to answer some of these questions and give you an idea of what is currently happening to our oceans and the world as a result of El Niño. 

elnino_main_205673The earth centered on the Pacific Ocean shows patterns of sea surface temperature during El Nino (left) and La Nina (right). The colors along the equator show areas that are warmer or cooler than the long-term average. Images courtesy of Steve Albers, NOAA. Source: http://www.whoi.edu/main/topic/el-nino-other-oscillations

El Niño is one half (La Niña being the other half) of a complex weather pattern called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO)…

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