Earth  ID: 3135

Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies during El Niño/La Niña Event of 1997-1998 (WMS)

The El Niño/La Niña event in 1997-1999 was particularly intense, but was also very well observed by satellites and buoys. A strong upwelling of unusually warm water was observed in the Pacific Ocean during the El Niño phase, followed by unusually cold water in the La Niña phase. The Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) instrument on the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's NOAA-14 spacecraft observed the changes in sea surface temperature shown here.

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Jeff de La Beaujardiere (NASA): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Antonio Busalacchi (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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Data Used:
NOAA-14/AVHRR/NCEP Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly 1997 through 1999, every 7 days
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Dates of Data Used:
1997 through 1999, every 7 days

This item is part of these series:
El Niño and La Niña

DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators >> Teleconnections >> El Nino Southern Oscillation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Ocean Temperature >> Sea Surface Temperature
GCMD >> Location >> Pacific Ocean
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version