Hurricanes and Global Warming: The Science, Technologies, and Politics
Sigma Series Colloquium
April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Air & Space Center; No cost and no reservation
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active and
costly season on record. Recent publications linking an increase in
hurricane intensity to increasing tropical sea surface temperatures
have fueled the debate on whether or not global warming is causing an
increase in hurricane intensity. Because of the substantial
implications of hurricane-global warming issue for society and the
immediate policy relevance associated with decision making related to
Hurricane Katrina, there is a clear need for balanced and thoughtful
discourse on this subject.
The objectives of this talk are to clarify the debate surrounding the subject as to whether or not
global warming is causing an increase in global hurricane intensity, including the outstanding sources of uncertainties; observing technologies needed to support research on hurricanes and global warming; and mixing politics, climate science, and the media.
Dr. Judith Curry is Professor and Chair of the School of
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of
Technology. Dr. Curry received a doctoral degree in atmospheric science from
the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to joining the faculty at
Georgia Tech, she has held faculty positions at the University of
Colorado, Penn State University and Purdue University. Dr. Curry's
research interests span a variety of topics in climate; current
interests include air/sea interactions, climate feedback processes
associated with clouds and sea ice, and applications of satellite
data to interpreting recent variations in the climate data record.
Dr. Curry currently serves on the National Academies Climate Research
Committee and the Space Studies Board, and the NOAA Climate Working
Group. Dr. Curry is author of the book Thermodynamics of Atmospheres
and Oceans and is editor for the Encyclopedia of Atmospheric
Sciences. She has published over 130 refereed journal articles. Dr.
Curry is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the
American Geophysical Union. In 1992, she received the Henry Houghton
Award from the American Meteorological Society.
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