This National Geographic video explains the origins of the El NiÃo Southern Oscillation using animations and shows the impacts on humans, wildlife and habitat, particularly in the United States.
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The video has a short commercial advertisement at the beginning. Educators can pause just after this ad to begin the video during their class without the ad playing.
Because of compression, the video is fuzzy at full resolution. It may not be good for projection in a classroom.
The video provides a short concise introduction to a discussion of the El NiÃo phenomena and its impacts.
The video addresses climate variability, not climate change, so the educator needs to explain that distinction.
There is no clear link between climate change and ENSO and the video is not trying to make that link.
Comment from expert scientist: This is an excellent graphic depiction of El NiÃo and its consequences. The depiction of the relocation of the centers of convection over the Pacific margins is particularly good. The incorporation of real data --superimposed on the globe-- is also excellent and memorable.
Use this resource to lead a discussion of the differences between climate variability and climate change.
The images are not annotated, so the educator may have to pause and explain what some of the graphics are.