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CCPO Speaker to Discuss New Pacific Climate Pattern

Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Georgia Tech faculty member, will discuss the recent discovery of a pattern that helps to explain climate variability in the northern Pacific as part of the Spring Seminar Series of Old Dominion University's Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO) on Monday, March 12.

The seminar in Room 3200 of Innovation Research Park Building 1 will begin at 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public, as is a reception with refreshments that begins at 3 p.m.

Long-term observations of physical and biological variability in the central and eastern North Pacific show large-amplitude fluctuations that are unrelated to the El Nino Southern Oscillation and to changes in sea surface temperatures, according to Di Lorenzo.

He will present evidence of an emerging pattern of Pacific climate variability that is called the North Pacific Gyre Oscillation.

"This new pattern will provide the basis for an improved and unified view of the Pacific climate dynamics teleconnections and of the mechanisms linking physical climate variability to the marine ecosystem response," he wrote in a description of his talk.

This article was posted on: March 9, 2012

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