Explaining El Niño and La Niña
This year has seen changes taking place in the equatorial Pacific Ocean that have heralded the onset of an El Niño event, with the potential to cause major climatic impacts around the world.
These events are the consequence of slow feedbacks in the ocean-atmosphere system acting alongside the strong air-sea interaction processes in the tropics that allow the growth of small disturbances to the large-scale ocean state, impacting global weather and climates. A La Niña event can arise similarly.
Drive Creative Studio have worked closely with the Met Office to produce some simple explainer animations that look at the creation and effects of the phenomenon…