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Our Affair with El Niño:
How We Transformed an Enchanting Peruvian Current into a Global Climate Hazard
S. George Philander

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
PROLOGUE: Assessing Our Affair as It Approaches a Critical Juncture 1
PART 1: WHO IS EL NIÑO?
1 A Mercurial Character 11
2 A Fallen Angel? 28
3 A Construct of Ours 34
4 A Matchmaker 40
PART 2: OUR DILEMMA
5 Two Incompatible Cultures 65
6 "Small" Science versus "Big" Science 81
PART 3: COMMON GROUND
7 The Perspective of a Painter 93
8 The Perspective of a Poet 118
9 The Perspective of a Musician 129
10 A Marriage of the "Hard" and "Soft" Sciences 139
11 The Cloud 151
PART 4: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE
12 Predicting the Weather 161
13 Investigating the Atmospheric Circulation 177
14 Exploring the Oceans 189
15 Reconciling Divergent Perspectives on El Niño 213
16 Taking a Long-Term Geological View 227
PART 5: COPING WITH HAZARDS
17 Famines in India 237
18 Fisheries of Peru 240
19 Droughts in Zimbabwe 244
EPILOGUE: Becoming Custodians of Planet Earth 251
NOTES AND REFERENCES 259
INDEX 273

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