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Title: Impact of Tropical SSTs in the North Atlantic and Southeastern Pacific on the Eastern Pacific ITCZ

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  1. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
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Journal Article: Published Article
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Journal of Climate
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Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 4; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2017-04-18 16:08:14; Journal ID: ISSN 0894-8755
American Meteorological Society
Country of Publication:
United States

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Song, Fengfei, and Zhang, Guang J. Impact of Tropical SSTs in the North Atlantic and Southeastern Pacific on the Eastern Pacific ITCZ. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0310.1.
Song, Fengfei, & Zhang, Guang J. Impact of Tropical SSTs in the North Atlantic and Southeastern Pacific on the Eastern Pacific ITCZ. United States. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0310.1.
Song, Fengfei, and Zhang, Guang J. Wed . "Impact of Tropical SSTs in the North Atlantic and Southeastern Pacific on the Eastern Pacific ITCZ". United States. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0310.1.
title = {Impact of Tropical SSTs in the North Atlantic and Southeastern Pacific on the Eastern Pacific ITCZ},
author = {Song, Fengfei and Zhang, Guang J.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0310.1},
journal = {Journal of Climate},
number = 4,
volume = 30,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Wed Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}

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