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Currents of Change: Impacts of El Niño and La Niña on Climate and Society

By: Michael H Glantz

252 pages, 10 b/w photos, 55 figs, 19 tabs, maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2000 | Edition: 2 | #111199 | ISBN: 052178672X
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El Nino and its lesser known counterpart La Nina trail floods, droughts and hurricanes in their wake. This highly readable and up-to-date book explains what these phenomena are, how their effects can be forecast and what their impacts are on all of us.

From reviews of the first edition: '! for atmospheric scientists, the book provides a meaningful perspective of the human component of the phenomena described. For the social scientist, it is an account of El Nino that will help clear up any misrepresentations derived from popular accounts. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.' John Oliver, International Journal of Climatology 'This book is well written, well illustrated and manages to convey a lot of important facts without 'technospeak'. It can be recommended to anyone requiring an introduction to the complexities ! of climate.' Elmar R. Reiter, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics '... an absorbing book.' George Philander, Nature '! Michael H. Glantz delivers more than a description of a major climatic phenomenon and its impacts: he presents a case study of science at work, and also shows how to make a book readable.' Lothar Luken, Earthwatch 'Glantz is a passionate advocate of the value of climate research and his book should be compulsory reading for politicians and funding agency heads anywhere. It also provides background material that will be useful to geography and environmental science students and should appeal to anyone interested in the human dimension of climate'. J. C. King, Weather 'An excellent book to be recommended to anyone.' Bulletin of the British Ecological Society '! this book should be essential reading for politicians and well as ecologists.' John Feltwell, Biologist 'A mine of information for those not up to speed on the phenomena, this book should be essential reading for politicians and well as ecologists.' Biologist '! an excellent introduction to the subject for a nonscientist, or an interesting bit of entertainment for the enthusiastic scientist who just can't leave the subject alone.' Mike Meredith, Ocean Challenge


Acknowledgements; Preface to second edition; Preface to first edition; 1. Introduction; 2. El Nino; 3. A tale of two histories; 4. The biography of El Nino; 5. The biography of La Nina; 6. The 1982 1983 El Nino: a case of an anomalous anomaly; 7. Forecasting El Nino; 8. Forecasting the 1997 1998 El Nino; 9. Teleconnections; 10. El Nino's ecological impacts: The Galapagos; 11. Methods used to identify El Nino; 12. El Nino and health; 13. The media, El Nino and La Nina: a study in media-rology; 14. Why do ENSO events continue to surprise us?; 15. What people need to know about El Nino; 16. Usable science; Appendix; References.

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