Managing Impacts of El Niño and Climate-Related Droughts

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Managing Impacts of El Niño and Climate-Related Droughts

The summary report, “Early warning systems and managing the effects of El Niño” discusses the dominant role of El Niño in driving drought globally while its cold phase, La Niña is associated with enhanced rainfall, particularly in South East Asia.

The report discusses the significance of El Niño on influencing climate variability year to year and as a naturally occurring global climate cycle affecting rainfall, temperature, wind patterns and several hydro-meteorological hazards such as drought, floods, and storms.  

Having an early warning system and El Niño forecasting is essential for climate and disaster risk reduction that would benefit communities, sectors, and industries, the report says.

The summary report mentions:

  • Climate change is supercharging the impacts of El Niño with speculations that it will increase in frequency but whether it will continue to affect the same places is still unsure. A “state-of-the-art” El Niño early warning system that uses advances in science and technology will help communities and sectors cope with droughts predicted to be more severe than it is today and will happen in other locations decades from now.
  • An effective early warning system will guide decision-makers and policymakers to cope and adjust correctly to a changing climate.
  • The summary discussed the benefits of El Niño forecasting and how it can help communities and industries prepare for severe weather events and El Niño impacts.

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Source citation:

A system of systems: Early warning systems and managing the effects of El El Niño. (2020 June). PDF file. Retrieved from https://d2h44nai6dnz3i.cloudfront.net/1001/bapon-webinar-summary.pdf

BACKGROUND PHOTO CREDIT: El Niño Conditions By Fred the Oyster – Own work; derived from NOAA/PMEL/TAO diagrams (archived link), Public Domain, Link

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