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Upcoming workshop: Forecasting ENSO impacts on marine ecosystems of the US West Coast


The Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections and Climate Variability and Predictability programs from the CPO will co-sponsor the Forecasting ENSO Impacts on Marine Ecosystems of the US West Coast workshop on August 10 and 11 in San Diego, California.
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) affects many physical and biological processes in the ocean, such as sea-surface temperature, stratification, coastal and upwelling currents, and biological productivity. These impacts can cause changes in species’ geographic distributions and abundance, including the loss of commercially-important species where they typically are found. Given the possibility that ENSO extremes may become more frequent, developing a framework for forecasting ENSO impacts on one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world could help decision makers protect this important resource and better prepare for the future.
The goals of this workshop include developing a framework for predicting changes in the West Coast marine ecosystem using ENSO forecasts and identifying research needs to address gaps in information and data. Expected workshop outcomes include a white paper discussing findings and recommendations with a case study for the California Current System, as well as planning for synergies with international groups.
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