The Pacific Decadal Oscillation & El Nino


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The cyclic change in the surface temperatures of the North Pacific Ocean that can last decades is known as the:

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1. What is seen during the warm phase of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation?

2. How is the PDO similar to El Niño and La Niña?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Given its vast size, the Pacific Ocean contains many different temperatures. You can learn about the relationship between the temperature of the Pacific and weather with this lesson and assessment on the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Niño. You'll be tested on points from the lesson, such as the phases of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and its effect on weather phenomena.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Cyclic changes in the Pacific Ocean
  • Effects of the Pacific oscillation's warm phase
  • Similarities between the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Niño/La Niña
  • Weather phenomena that warms the Pacific Ocean

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and El Niño with targeted questions
  • Making connections - draw connections between phenomena like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation or El Niño and the temperature of the Pacific Ocean
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the lesson to identify specific phases in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation and their effects

Additional Learning

To learn more about these oceanic phenomena, review the corresponding lesson called The Pacific Decadal Oscillation & El Niño. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Pacific Decadal Oscillation
  • Phases and effects of the oscillation
  • El Niño and La Niña