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El Niño and La Niña forecasting & monitoring
El Niño and La Niña forecasting & monitoring Image
Images produced by Dr. Victor Zlotnicki, Dr. Lee -Lueng Fu and Akiko Hayashi, of the Oceans Research Element at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  • TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason provide important extended time series monitoring of El Niño and La Niña events
  • NOAA's long term climate forecasts, based in part on ocean altimeter data, include flood control, agricultural strategy, water and energy use planning
  • Worldwide damage from the 1997-1998 El Niño probably exceeded $20 billion*. Reliable predictions could help minimize economic impacts.
  • Media outlets use the data to explain weather and climate to the public
  • TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason data are recognizable to more than a billion people worldwide

*D. Anderson, European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecast

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