March 08, 2001
Article courtesy of JPL
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Oceanographer Dr. William Patzert, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will
discuss one of the planet's most powerful climate phenomenon, El Nino, in a live interactive
web chat on March 15. He'll be taking questions about when we might expect the next one with
its accompanying rains and floods and discussing the current conditions in the Pacific.
The two-hour Internet event will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern). The chat is part
of a series sponsored by the NASA Oceanography web site.
Dr. William Patzert has been a research oceanographer with JPL for more than 18 years. He is especially
well known for his work with the TOPEX/Poseiden mission, a partnership between the United States and
France to monitor global ocean circulation, discover the tie between the oceans and atmosphere, and
improve global climate predictions. TOPEX/Poseiden's ability to measure sea-surface height has made
it an invaluable tool for studying ocean events such as El Nino, its little sister La Nina and the
much larger and longer-lasting ocean event called the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Before joining JPL,
Bill was a faculty member at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography in
La Jolla, Calif. He completed his Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of Hawaii in 1972.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.
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