Advisory: Climate Change Impacts on Hurricanes

Senior NASA Scientist Dr. Timothy Hall to explain how climate change impacts hurricane intensity and storm surge as the 2020 hurricane season commences this week

June 2, 2020
Contact: Kate Tracy, 865-235-1448, [email protected]

St. Petersburg, Florida – This week marks the start of hurricane season. Coastal residents are waiting, watching, and wondering if we will see anything like the destructive whirlwind of hurricanes in recent years such as Michael, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Dorian, which tore through our communities, killed thousands of people and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage in the U.S.

Further, are we paying enough attention to a key threat —climate change—at a time when forecasts are predicting more destructive, powerful hurricanes as the climate warms?

Join our briefing via webinar for press and members of the public on Wednesday, June 3. Learn from Senior NASA scientist Dr. Timothy Hall about how climate change will continue to impact this (and future) hurricane seasons.

– What does science show about increasing hurricane intensity?
– What are the upper limits on hurricane strength; i.e.; is Category 5 high enough?
– How does climate change affect precipitation patterns?
– How does climate change affect storm surge and coastal flooding?
– What are the increasing challenges for frontline communities with more extreme weather?
– How does COVID-19 complicate preparations and evacuations?

WHO: Dr. Timothy Hall,
Senior Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University.
WHAT: Briefing via webinar: How Climate Change is Impacting Hurricanes
WHEN: 1 PM ET, Wednesday, June 3
WHERE: This press briefing will be a visual presentation via Zoom. There will be a dial-in number provided in your confirmation email. If you join by phone, you will not be able to unmute your phone to ask questions.

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