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4 - Interacting Interannual Variability of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans


The previous chapters have addressed the variability of the oceans and the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms at work for such variability. The basic concepts of teleconnections between ocean basins through the atmosphere were also examined. This chapter focuses on the principal modes of interannual variability of the coupled atmosphere–ocean system in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and discusses the special ways in which these modes can influence each other.

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