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The 1997-98 El Niño

El Niño, a periodic warming of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, is among Earth's most powerful phenomena. Satellite, ship, and buoy observations show the 1997-98 event as the strongest on record. Visualizing how sea-surface height, sea-surface temperature, and sea-surface winds differ from normal conditions reveals the event's magnitude.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
William Wynn (NASA): Animator
Antonio Busalacchi (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Eric Hackert (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
DMSP/SSM/I/Sea Surface Wind Anomaly
TOPEX/Poseidon/Sea Surface Height Anomaly
NOAA-14/AVHRR/NCEP Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
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