NSF Awards Rapid Response Grants To Study Current El Niño, One Of The Strongest On Record
El Niño: What effect will it have on weather, on flooding and landslides, and on economically important coastal ecosystems?
(From the National Science Foundation) — To find answers to these and other questions about the El Niño now underway, the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Directorate for Geosciences has awarded 12 rapid response grants (RAPIDs) for studies on topics from coral reefs, to landslides, to ice cap snow that contains records of past El Niños. More grants will be awarded in coming weeks and will be added to this list.
El Niño is the formation of warmer-than-usual ocean waters in the equatorial Pacific, with extensive temperature changes along the coast of South America during the month of December — hence the Spanish name “El Niño,” the Christmas child.
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