Pacific Warming: From the Warm Blob to El Niño and Back Again

PART OF: Our Changing Ocean: Series 3

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Between 2013 and 2016 there were a number of dramatic atmosphere-ocean events that affected the Pacific marine environment and weather over much of the northern hemisphere. This lecture will examine the seasonal atmosphere-ocean dynamics in the region, review the history of large-scale Pacific patterns, what led to the warm Blob and its connection to regional weather patterns, discuss if there are links to the 2015 El Niño, and assess the most recent conditions through early 2017. These events have occurred on the background canvas of climate change and global warming, and ideas of what was observed and might be expected from these major system variations will be presented and discussed.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Dewey, Associate Director, Science Services, leads the team of Ocean Networks Canada staff scientists. Dr. Dewey’s background is in physical oceanography and marine acoustics.


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