This book provides research that shows tropical cyclones are more powerful than in the past with the most dramatic increases occurring over the North Atlantic and with the strongest hurricanes. Although such increases are correlated with warming oceans and are consistent with the thermodynamic theory of hurricane intensity, there remains doubt about the interpretation, integrity, and meaning of these results. Arising from the 5th International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change, this book contains new research on topics related to hurricanes and climate change. Bringing together international leading academics and researchers on various sides of the debate, the book discusses new research and expresses opinions about what is happening and what might happen in the future with regard to regional and global hurricane (tropical cyclone) activity.
Chapter 1. Recent Advances in the Emerging Field of Paleotempestology.- Chapter 2. Archival Evidence of Secular Changes in Georgia Hurricanes: 1750-2012.- Chapter 3. Near-time Sea Surface Temperature and Tropical Cyclone Intensity in the Eastern North Pacific basin.- Chapter 4. Modern Tropical Cyclone Wind Observation and Analysis.- Chapter 5. Inland Tropical Cyclones and the "Brown Ocean" Concept.- Chapter 6. Typhoon/Hurricane Disaster Prediction and Prevention for Coastal, Offshore and Nuclear Power Plant Infrastructure.- Chapter 7. The use of Global Climate Models for Tropical Cyclone Risk Assessment.- Chapter 8. High Resolution Multi-Decadal Simulations of Tropical Cyclones.- Chapter 9, Analysis of Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Landfall Forecasts in Coupled GCMs on Seasonal and Decadal Timescales.- Chapter 10. Tropical Cyclone Rainfall Changes in a Warmer Climate.