Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 467–474 | Cite as

Statistical relationship between two types of El Niño events and climate variation over the Korean Peninsula

  • Jong-Seong Kug
  • Min-Seop Ahn
  • Mi-Kyung Sung
  • Sang-Wook Yeh
  • Hong-Sik Min
  • Young-Ho Kim


Recently, a new type of El Niño (Warm-Pool El Niño) is more often observed than the conventional El Niño (Cold-Tongue El Niño); each has a distinctive spatial pattern. The two types of El Niño have different teleconnections; therefore their impacts on a specific region can be considerably different. In this study, we focus on statistical relationship between climate variation in Korea and the two types of El Niño. When the two types of El Niño are not separately considered, the statistical relation between climate variables in Korea and the El Niño events is weak in general. When the two types of El Niño are separately considered, however, each type exhibits significant relationship with climate variation in Korea. Therefore, consideration of two types of El Niño separately can potentially improve climate prediction over the Korean Peninsula.

Key words

Warm Pool El Niño Cold Tongue El Niño Korean climate variation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jong-Seong Kug
    • 1
  • Min-Seop Ahn
    • 1
  • Mi-Kyung Sung
    • 2
  • Sang-Wook Yeh
    • 3
  • Hong-Sik Min
    • 1
  • Young-Ho Kim
    • 1
  1. 1.Korea Ocean Research and Development InstituteAnsanKorea
  2. 2.School of Earth and Environment SciencesSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
  3. 3.School of Environmental Marine SciencesHanyang UniversityAnsanKorea

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