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News Release 14-003

Scientists to study Pacific Ocean's "global chimney"

Remote waters affect billions of people, shape climate and air chemistry worldwide

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CONTRAST logo

Scientists working on the CONTRAST project will be in the field this month and next.

Credit: NSF-NCAR


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Earth globe showing ocean surface circulation and winds, including in the Western tropical Pacific.

Ocean surface circulation and winds, including in the Western tropical Pacific.

Credit: NASA


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illustration showing the Earth map with a mass of water in the Western tropical Pacific

An enormous mass of water in the Western tropical Pacific, the "warm pool," is shown in orange-red.

Credit: IRD, France


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