ENSO Research by Kevin Trenberth

In response to an e-mail to Kevin Trenberth with respect to the Climate Science weblog

Kevin Trenberth on El Niño – A Tracking Of The Evolution Of His Perspective On This Issue Since 1997,

he graciously sent me a list of several papers that present his recent research on The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) system. Since, as written in the earlier e-mail, he is one the pioneers in developing an improved understanding of El Niños, this documentation of his perspective is a valuable addition to Climate Science, in its goal to present all scientifically supported (i.e. peer reviewed) perspectives.

Trenberth, K. E., 2003: The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) system. Chapter 14 of Handbook of Weather, Climate and Water: Climate, Physical Meteorology, Weather Systems and Measurements, Eds T. D. Potter and B. R. Coleman. J. Wiley & Sons. 163-173.

Trenberth, K. E., P. D. Jones, P. Ambenje, R. Bojariu, D. Easterling, A. Klein Tank, D. Parker, F. Rahimzadeh, J. A. Renwick, M. Rusticucci, B. Soden, P. Zhai 2007: Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change. In: Climate Change 2007. The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of WG 1 to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. [S. Solomon, D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. C. Marquis, K. B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H. L. Miller (Eds.) Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, U. K., and New York, NY, USA, 235-336, plus annex online.

Trenberth, K. E., D. P. Stepaniak, and J. M. Caron 2002: Interannual variations in the atmospheric heat budget  J. Geophys. Res., 107, D8, 10.1029/2000JD000297.

Trenberth, K. E., J. M. Caron, D. P. Stepaniak, and S. Worley 2002: The evolution of ENSO and global atmospheric surface temperaturesJ. Geophys. Res., 107, D8, 10.1029/2000JD000298.

Trenberth, K. E., D. P. Stepaniak and L. Smith, 2005: Interannual variability of patterns of atmospheric mass distribution. J. Climate, 18, 2812-2825.

Trenberth, K. E., and L. Smith, 2006: The vertical structure of temperature in the tropics: Different flavors of El Nino. J. Clim., 19, 4956-4973.

Trenberth, K. E., and L. Smith, 2008: Variations in the three dimensional structure of the atmospheric circulation with different flavors of El Niño. J. Climate, in press.

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