What are the causes and effects of ENSO?

This activity addresses naturally occurring climate change involving ENSO (El-NiÃo Southern Oscillation). In this activity, students play the role of a policy maker in Peru. First, they determine what sort of ENSO variation is occurring. Then, they must decide how to allocate Peru's resources to manage for possible weather-related problems.

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Sarah Bednarz
Texas AM University
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This lesson revolves around the driving question of "What are the causes and effects of ENSO?"

Students learn about some of the possible economic impacts of El NiÃo using Peru as an example.

Students understand the various policies that the Peruvian government could establish to mitigate the negative economic impacts from El NiÃo.

Students learn how to analyze satellite data as presented on a map.

Student hone oral presentation and group collaboration skills.