tropical cyclone

Australian Tropical Cyclones in a Warmer World

Chelsea Parker, Post-graduate Researcher

Brown University

Tropical cyclones (also known as hurricanes) are one of the costliest natural disasters in terms of both physical damages and loss of life. Tropical cyclones primarily derive their energy from the warm ocean surfaces, which are already experiencing increased temperatures.  With further warming projected for decades to come, it is crucial to understand how tropical cyclones will behave in a warmer world.

Why climate change will cause more large, destructive hurricanes

By Greg Holland, Director C3WE

This blog was first published by Temblor, on September 11 2017

Hurricane Katrina: What if it happened today?

By Marc Lehmann and Geoffrey Saville, Willis Towers Watson

Hurricane Katrina caused the deaths of an estimated 1833 people, wreaked havoc to an entire region and left a scar on the American psyche. Catastrophes of a similar scale could happen at any time, so what can policy-makers, local communities, private sector organisations and the insurance industry do about it?

No place like home

By Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill

The following guest blog by Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill reflects the importance of people when considering the impacts of extreme weather and climate. ECEP's goal is to improve understanding and communication of the impacts of, and response to, weather and climate extremes. Understanding the long term consequences from social vulnerability and exposure to the hazards is as important in resilient design as knowledge of the risks posed by the hazards.

Hurricane Katrina: The meteorology

By Chris Davis, NCAR

Commemorating ten years since Hurricane Katrina

By Mari Tye, C3WE ECEP Lead

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on 29th August 2005, wreaking damage in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the parishes of St. Tammany (Slidell), Jefferson (Gretna), Terrebonne (Houma), Plaquemines (Buras), Lafourche (Thibodaux), and St. Bernard (Chalmette), to name but a few. Areas declared as Federal Disaster locations are illustrated in the figure. 1836 people lost their lives, 705 were missing and more than a million people displaced. To date, almost $335M has been spent in recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Seasonal climate impact prediction

By James Done, C3WE Science Lead and Willis Research Fellow

This guest blog is reproduced with kind permission from Willis. The original post can be found here in Willis Wire November 2014.

We couldn’t possibly have anticipated Hurricane Sandy in advance of the season, or could we?

In Louisiana, there is no room for Complacency

By Greg Holland, C3WE Director NCAR

A decade after Katrina, New Orleans has regrouped and more than recovered. The levee protections are back stronger and reinforced, and pumps have been refurbished and made safe from flooding. Reports from the area indicate a new thriving culture that has built on their colorful history and are adding a new age of entrepreneurial activity. The city is buzzing and life is good.

But how safe is the city? And what of the surrounding communities?

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