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still from 3D animation shows ocean swell motion propagating into the atmosphere
November 10, 2015
Winds not only influence waves, but waves influence the atmosphere as well.
Sailboat in calm sea near Kiribati
December 22, 2014
A piece of coral in a University of Arizona lab has revealed a link between Pacific trade winds and shifts in 20th century climate.
Sea surface temperatures during 2007–08 La Niña
August 13, 2014
For millions of people, El Niño or La Niña indicates whether they’re likely to face unusually warm, cold, wet, or dry conditions over the coming winter. A new modeling study pins down the process that apparently determines why La Niña events often last twice as long as typical El Niño events—a result with major implications for seasonal predictions.
Warming hiatus? Map showing changes in global temperature since late 1970s
January 08, 2014
The globally averaged surface air temperature hasn’t risen much in the last 15 years, but new research confirms ample heating of Earth, which becomes evident when looking at certain times of year and in particular locations, including deep in the ocean.
flooding in Australia
August 19, 2013
A rare confluence of three atmospheric patterns drove so much precipitation over Australia in 2010 and 2011 that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably.
Photo of rugged coastline
April 14, 2013
Reducing emissions of four shorter-lived pollutants could slow the annual rate of sea level rise by up to 50 percent.

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