Figure : strengthening-critical-observations-tropical-ocean-atmosphere

Strengthening critical observations of the tropical ocean and atmosphere

Figure 3.1

This figure appears in chapter 3 of the Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Years 2018-2019 report.

Forecasts of ocean surface current velocity in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja California generated in part using in-situ observations from NOAA’s Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) moored buoy array (green squares), which is part of the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS), and from measurements collected during the SPURS-2 satellite deployment over the tropical Pacific Ocean (red square). Depicted is a strong westward-flowing South Equatorial Current driven by the trade winds that blow from east to west across the equatorial Pacific. Changes to the easterly trade winds influence the progression of ENSO events. Forecasting these changes is integral to improving predictive capabilities.

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