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The 1997-98 El Nino
El Nino, a periodic warming of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, is among Earths 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 events magnitude.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
Technical requirements:
RealPlayer plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Please give credit to NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-SVS-000552
Related resources:
This resource has a thumbnail image at 'Four animations of data sets in the Pacific from January 1997 through July 1998, showing the difference of El Nino conditions from normal. The data sets are sea surface height anomaly, sea surface temperature anomaly, and sea surface wind anomaly.'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Greg Shirah
NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio

Author: William Wynn
NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio

Principal Investigator: Antonio Busalacchi

Principal Investigator: Eric Hackert