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This web page is a report on El Nino prepared for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The ability to anticipate how climate will change from one year to the next will lead to better management of agriculture, water supplies, fisheries, and other resources. By incorporating climate predictions into management decisions, humankind is becoming better adapted to the irregular rhythms of climate. Topics covered are: Why Predict Climate? What is El Nino? A Case Study (El Nino of 1982-83 on sea and land); El Nino and Climate, Learning from the Past; Winds, Upwelling, and the Food Web; When the Winds Weaken; How the Sea Affects the Winds; Global Consequences of El Nino; El Nino Prediction; How Predictions are Used: An Example (Peru); and Looking Ahead.
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