Western Pacific Warm Pool
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The Pacific Warm Pool (PWP) is defined as the area in the Western Tropical Pacific enclosed by the 28.5 deg C isotherm.
This body of water, which spans the western waters of the equatorial Pacific to the eastern Indian Ocean, holds the warmest seawaters in the world. Scientists found that, over a period of roughly two decades, the warm pool’s average annual temperatures and dimensions increase and then decrease like a slowly pulsating beacon.
Because these waters are hot enough to drive heat and moisture high into the atmosphere, the warm pool has a large effect on the climate of surrounding lands. In fact, the slow fluctuations of size and intensity of the warm pool may be linked with the intensity of El Niño.
- Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)
- South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ)
- El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO)