El Nino, 1997-1998

El Nino, 1997-1998 : The Climate Event of the Century

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This book covers the time span from the first indications of El Nino (May 1997) until its reversal (June 1998). The focus is largely on the United States, where El Nino produced widespread changes in how the public perceives weather and in the accuracy of forecasts. Among the key issues it examines are how the news media interpreted and dramatized El Nino and the reaction both of the public and decision-makers (the latter based on interviews with agribusiness, utilities, water management agencies, etc.); the scientific issues emerging from the event; and the social and economic consequences of the event. Finally, it suggests what can and should be done when El Nino occurs in the future.
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  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 153.4 x 234.4 x 19.1mm | 317.52g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 12 halftones, numerous line illustrations
  • 0195135520
  • 9780195135527

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The title of this work reflects its focus on the media's coverage of the 'event' that was El Nino. Highlighting the 14 months when it became a nationally known news story, the book explores both meteorological topics (causes, forecasting, relation to global warming) and socioeconomic perspectives (storm damage, media hype, energy production and use). This is an accessible work that will appeal to students, professors, policy-makers, and weather enthusiasts. * Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society *
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