|Our global climate is also influenced by the way heat is
transported by the Earth's oceans. Here you can see where the surface
waters of Earth's oceans are warm and cold. Red and orange areas indicate the warmest
surface waters, while green and blue are the coldest.
Things to notice:
|An unusual rise in the temperature of the normally cool water of the Eastern Pacific is a phenomenon called El Niņo, which means "The Child" in Spanish, since it occurs around Christmas some years. It can upset the global climate, causing droughts in some areas and flooding elsewhere. By monitoring global changes in sea surface temperature and circulation, scientists can now predict the onset of an El Niņo.|
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