Earth  ID: 3681

2009 El Niño & 2010 La Niña

Sea Surface Height Anomalies (SSHA) are differences above and below normally observed sea surface heights. Large sustained above average areas (shown in orange and red) off the western coast of South America are an indicator of an El Niño event. In contrast, large sustained below average areas (shown in blue and violet) off the western South American coast are indicators of a La Niña event. This visualization shows the formation of an El Niño event towards the end of 2009 followed by a 2010 La Niña event.

Visualization Credits

Alex Kekesi (GST): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Trent L. Schindler (UMBC): Animator
Jefferson Beck (UMBC): Producer
Jennifer A. Shoemaker (UMBC): Producer
Josh Willis (NASA/JPL CalTech): Scientist
William C. Patzert Ph.D. (NASA/JPL CalTech): Scientist
James W. Williams (GST): Project Support
Shiloh Heurich (GST): Project Support
Mike Carlowicz (Wyle Information Systems): Writer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Generated using AVISO Products

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AVISO: Near Real Time - Merged Sea Level Anomalies
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This item is part of this series:
El Niño and La Niña

SVS >> El Nino
SVS >> La Nina
DLESE >> Physical oceanography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Surface Topography
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Climate Indicators >> Teleconnections >> El Nino Southern Oscillation
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Coastal Processes >> Sea Surface Height
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Oceans >> Sea Surface Topography >> Sea Surface Height
NASA Science >> Earth
SVS >> Presentation

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