El Niño in the News: Classroom Resource Bundle

Created by Russanne Low Last updated 10/20/2015

This resource bundle includes a clear description of an El Niño event, a discussion of how NASA's satellite assets are documenting the 2015 El Niño at detail never before possible, and links to two data analysis activities examining the 1997-1998 El Niño suitable for middle and high school classroom use. The 2015 El Niño is expected to be similar in strength to that of 1997-1998.

  • ClimateBits: El Nino - YouTube

    This video uses scientific visualizations of satellite data to explain El Nino and its impact on the marine food web. Wind-driven upwelling in the eastern equatorial Pacific normally lifts nutrients to the sunlit surface to fertilize phytoplankton blooms. El Nino disrupts this pattern, causing famine across the marine food web.
  • Studying 2015 El Niño event as never before

    This year's El Niño is already strong and appears likely to equal the event of 1997-98, the strongest El Niño on record. This winter, the 2015-16 El Niño event will be better observed from space than any previous El Niño.
  • Latest El Niño/La Niña Watch Data

    Sea-surface height is the most modern and powerful tool for taking the "pulse" of the global oceans. El Niño, La Niña and Pacific Decadal Oscillation are dramatically visualized by these data. See the latest changes in sea surface height as observed by OSTM/Jason-2 satellite.