El Niño's Return: Exploring the Climate Phenomenon Knocking on Our Doorstep

May 28, 2023

Exploring El Niño's oceanic and coastal impacts

In this episode of the American Shoreline Podcast, co-hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham dive deep into the subject of El Niño. While the name El Niño often generates buzz and media attention, Peter and Tyler seek to uncover the actual science behind this climate phenomenon and its impacts on the oceans and coasts. Joining them is Dr. Nathaniel Johnson, one of the foremost authorities on climate dynamics and a member of NOAA's El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) seasonal forecast team. Dr. Johnson shares his expertise on subseasonal-to-seasonal climate variability, climate prediction, and atmospheric teleconnection patterns, shedding light on the rapidly developing conditions in the tropical Pacific.

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.