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The Atlantic Niño weakens

The impact of climate change on tropical Atlantic variability has been elusive, partly due to regional biases in climate models. Now, research shows that current models predict a robust weakening of sea surface temperature variance in the eastern tropical Atlantic, with repercussions for precipitation and climate in the area and beyond.

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Fig. 1: The Bjerknes feedback in the Atlantic and its future changes.


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Deppenmeier, AL. The Atlantic Niño weakens. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 780–781 (2022).

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