Strong El Niño events and nonlinear dynamical heating
Article first published online: 6 FEB 2003
Copyright 2003 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 30, Issue 3, page 20-1, February 2003
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2003), Strong El Niño events and nonlinear dynamical heating, Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1120, doi:10.1029/2002GL016356, 3., , , and (
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 6 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Received: 27 SEP 2002
 We present evidence showing that the nonlinear dynamic heating (NDH) in the tropical Pacific ocean heat budget is essential in the generation of intense El Niño events as well as the observed asymmetry between El Niño (warm) and La Niña (cold) events. The increase in NDH associated with the enhanced El Niño activity had an influence on the recent tropical Pacific warming trend and it might provide a positive feedback mechanism for climate change in the tropical Pacific.