Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change

Walsh, Kevin J. E.; Camargo, Suzana J.; Knutson, Thomas R.; Kossin, James P.; Lee, Tsz-cheung; Murakami, Hiroyuki; Patricola, Christina M.

Since the Eighth International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones (IWTC-8), held in December 2014, progress has been made in our understanding of the relationship between tropical cyclone (TC) characteristics, climate and climate change. New analysis of observations has revealed trends in the latitude of maximum TC intensity and in TC translation speed. Climate models are demonstrating an increasing ability to simulate the observed TC climatology and its regional variations. The limited representation of air-sea interaction processes in most climate simulations of TCs remains an issue. Consensus projections of future TC behavior continue to indicate decreases in TC numbers, increases in their maximum intensities and increases in TC-related rainfall. Future sea level rise will exacerbate the impact of storm surge on coastal regions, assuming all other factors equal. Studies have also begun to estimate the effect on TCs of the climate change that has occurred to date. Recommendations are made regarding future research directions.


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Tropical Cyclone Research and Review

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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
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February 18, 2020