Accession Number : ADA307126

Title :   El Nino Its Far-Reaching Environmental Effects on Army Tactical Decision Aids.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Oct 94-Sep 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY TOPOGRAPHIC ENGINEERING CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Neander, John

PDF Url : ADA307126

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : A series of benign changes in pressure and temperature over Darwin, Australia and Tahiti often results in significant changes in oceanographic and atmospheric patterns around the world. These, in turn, can produce short-term weather changes that impact vested interests of the United States on the world's political and military arenas. At the onset of an El Nino, the oceanographic changes are complemented by atmospheric changes that result in abrupt weather pattern reversals in a seasonal and a geographic context. The two weather extremes to consider from an El Nino event are droughts and floods. To know the likely implications of an El Nino event in advance will allow strategic and logistic planners to more accurately decide what type of weapons and support material will work best for the United States in the various world theaters.

Descriptors :   *ATMOSPHERIC MOTION, *OCEANOGRAPHIC DATA, *MARINE METEOROLOGY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, OCEAN CURRENTS, OCEAN SURFACE, METEOROLOGICAL DATA, SEASONAL VARIATIONS, ATMOSPHERIC PRECIPITATION, FLOODS, KOREA, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE, RAINFALL, AIR WATER INTERACTIONS, ARMY PLANNING, AUSTRALIA, MILITARY TACTICS, SURFACE TEMPERATURE, DECISION AIDS, DROUGHT, TROPICAL CYCLONES, TYPHOONS.

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE