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El Niño is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather and climate around the globe. This section analyzes the effects of El Niño in relation to pinnipeds in the region, the Channel Islands.

Observed Area

Channel Islands National Park includes San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara Islands. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary includes the waters within 6 miles of the islands.


Map of Channel Islands, California, USA

If you have any feedback about the contents of this document, please contact Dr. Robert DeLong , Dr. Jeff Laake or Dr. Sharon Melin.


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