Our affair with El Niño : how we transformed an enchanting Peruvian current into a global climate hazard (Book, 2004) [WorldCat.org]
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Our affair with El Niño : how we transformed an enchanting Peruvian current into a global climate hazard

Author: S George Philander
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Until 1997, few people had heard of the seasonal current that Peruvians nicknamed El Nino. But when meteorologists linked it to devastating floods in California, severe droughts in Indonesia, and strange weather everywhere, its name became entrenched in the common parlance faster than a typhoon making landfall. Bumper stickers appeared bearing this phrase "Don't blame me, blame El Nino." Stockbrokers muttered "El  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S George Philander
ISBN: 0691113351 9780691113357
OCLC Number: 52347743
Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1: Who is El Niño? --
A mercurial character --
A fallen angel? --
A construct of ours --
A matchmaker --
Part 2: Our dilemma --
Two incompatible cultures --
"Small" science versus "big" science --
Part 3: Common ground --
The perspective of a painter --
The perspective of a poet --
The perspective of a musician --
A marriage of the "hard" and "soft" sciences --
The cloud --
Part 4: A brief history of the science --
Predicting the weather --
Investigating the atmospheric circulation --
Exploring the oceans --
Reconciling divergent perspectives on El Niño --
Taking a long-term geological view --
Part 5: Coping with hazards --
Famines in India --
Fisheries of Peru --
Droughts in Zimbabwe --
Epilogue: becoming custodians of planet Earth.
Responsibility: S. George Philander.
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Until 1997, few people had heard of the seasonal current that Peruvians nicknamed El Nino. This book discusses the scientific, political, economic and cultural developments that shaped our  Read more...

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