UConn Physics Colloquium

Is Global Warming Increasing Hurricane Activity?

Professor Kerry Emanuel
Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences
MIT

Hurricane activity in the Atlantic and elsewhere has varied greatly since records began, showing variability from year-to-year and from decade-to-decade. This variability has had a profound effects on society. In particular, a pronounced lull in hurricane activity along the U.S. eastern seaboard in the 1970s and 80s encouraged a rapid increase in coastal population and wealth, which is now exposed to a greatly increased level of storminess, resulting in staggering economic and human losses. In this seminar, I will explore the causes of decadal variability of hurricanes, focusing on the relative roles of natural climate oscillations and anthropogenic global change.

Friday, September 22, 2006
4:00 pm
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P38

(We will meet for refreshments prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Science Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.)


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