Characterizing the interannual variability of the equatorial Pacific: An OLR perspective
Harrison, D.E., and A.M. Chiodi. 2008. Characterizing the interannual variability of the equatorial Pacific: An OLR perspective. NOAA Tech. Memo. OAR PMEL-140. Seattle, WA, 30pp.
There has been considerable societal importance placed on the ability to distinguish
and predict interannual anomalies of the tropical Pacific’s coupled ocean-atmosphere system. Specific importance has been placed on determining when anomalous conditions follow one of two sets of conditions first described in detail by Bjerknes and commonly referred to as “El Nino” and “La Nina.” Here, we investigate the use of outgoing-longwave-radiation (OLR) as a means of determining “El Nino”-type anomalies operationally and retrospectively.
UW Climate Impacts Group