© 2009

Hurricanes and Climate Change

  • James B. Elsner
  • Thomas H. Jagger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Kevin Walsh, David Karoly, Neville Nicholls
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jasna V Pittman, Themis G Chronis, Franklin R Robertson, Timothy L Miller
    Pages 21-34
  4. Stephen Jewson, Enrica Bellone, Thomas Laepple, Kechi Nzerem, Shree Khare, Manuel Lonfat et al.
    Pages 73-99
  5. John Moore, Aslak Grinsted, Svetlana Jevrejeva
    Pages 139-152
  6. Emily A. Fogarty, James B. Elsner, Thomas H. Jagger, Anastasios A. Tsonis
    Pages 153-167
  7. Terrence A. McCloskey, Jason T. Knowles, Terrence A. McCloskey
    Pages 169-187
  8. Jean-François Royer, Fabrice Chauvin
    Pages 213-234
  9. Miguel Angel Gaertner, Enrique Sánchez, Marta Domínguez, Victoria Gil, Miguel Angel Gaertner
    Pages 235-250
  10. Norihiko Sugimoto, Minh Tuan Pham, Kanta Tachibana, Tomohiro Yoshikawa, Takeshi Furuhashi
    Pages 251-263
  11. Andreas Langousis, Daniele Veneziano, Shuyi Chen
    Pages 265-286
  12. Gualdi S, Scoccimarro E, Navarra A, Silvio Gualdi
    Pages 287-321
  13. Zafer Boybeyi, Menas Kafatos, Donglian Sun
    Pages 339-359

About this book


Hurricanes are nature’s most destructive agents. They have recently been linked to changes in climate. A 4-day international summit on hurricanes and climate change took place in 2007 to discuss and debate various scientific issues related to this important topic. There were 77 attendees from 18 different countries who participated in the summit.

This book is a sample collection of papers from talks that were presented. The chapters are organized around the broad hurricane-climate themes of empirical evidence, statistical methods, and numerical models. A major focus of the conference was the importance of statistical models for understanding how hurricane activity is changing and may change in the future. Emphasis was also placed on evidence of low-frequency swings in hurricane activity using historical and geological records. Results from various high-resolution numerical models, including a 20-km mesh model, were consistent in showing stronger hurricanes in a warmer future. Most numerical models indicate an overall decrease in the number of storms attributable to greater atmospheric stability and to a decrease in vertical mass flux.

This book is unique in its scope drawing from an international community of scholars in the field of hurricane climate science. The science addresses a variety of perspectives ranging from the microphysics of lightning to geological evidence of prehistoric storminess.


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Editors and affiliations

  • James B. Elsner
    • 1
  • Thomas H. Jagger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeU.S.A.
  2. 2.DenverU.S.A.

About the editors

James B. Elsner is a Professor of Geography at Florida State University where he teaches about climate and statistics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1988 and earned tenure in the Department of Meteorology at Florida State University in 1996. His research interests include the hurricane hazard and statistical modeling. He has written over 75 research articles in scientific journals and two books. His latest book on hurricanes and climate is available from Oxford University Press. Dr. Elsner is the President of Climatek; a company that develops models for hurricane risk analysis.

Thomas H. Jagger is Vice President of Climatek and an independent research scholar.

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