Enso Application Center to study effects of el nino on weather in western pacific

by Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific

A Satelite shows a large storm approaching the California coast.

Researchers at the Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific (WERI) are involved in a cooperative project with the University of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin Development Council to study the effects of a climatic condition called El Niño on the weather of our part of the Western Pacific.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has provided funding to form an ENSO (El niño Southern Oscillation) applications center to do these studies. Part of the function of ENSO is to provide information to island water managers, emergency management specialists and others with information on ENSO and its affects on the weather in our region. The emphasis of the impact on our part of the Pacific is on drought and typhoon numbers and intensities.

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