X-Game: Chasing El Nino

Worth a total of 30 points

Due: 11:59 PM, October 29, 2000

Okay, here's the next X-game, which you can do by yourself or with someone. I say that with some trepidation because I would rather than you work with someone but given that this X-game is another experiment, I'll let you go it alone if you insist. No matter how you do it, you will want to understand all parts of it. There will be a 15-point quiz associated with this exercise. The other 15 points will come from your completion of an activity listed below.


El Nino is a topic that is highly relevant to our lives here in southern California and this topic helps you to see the connections between atmospheric and oceanic processes. It incorporates a lot of the processes that are important to understanding oceanography AND teaches us something about the nature of scientific predictions.

The documentary on which this web site is based airs Tuesday, October 17, at 9pm on PBS. You may see a preview of this program here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/schedule.html

Assignment: Part One: 15 points

Go to this web site, Chasing El Nino, and study it thoroughly:


Make sure you cover the five major headings (links): El Niño's Reach Across the Globe | El Niño's Ground Zero | Global Weather Machine | El Niño's Reach through Time | El Niño's Reach into Living Things

Take the 15-point exam on the WebCT web site. The exam will be available next week. You will have one-half hour to complete it. Hint: It will help if you watch the show. Record it if you can't be there to see it when it airs. Even better, get together with your classmates and watch it. Or have one of your classmates record it and get together and watch it!

Assignment: Part Two: 15 points

Please carry out the exercise at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachersguide/elnino/elnino_sp1.html and put the answers to the questions in the forum for El Nino at www.oceansonline.com/forums