Please consider joining us for the 5th International Summit on Hurricanes and Climate Change.
Over the past several years the topic of hurricanes and climate change has received considerable attention by scientists, the insurance industry, and the media. Building on the successful three summits on the topic of hurricanes and climate change, we are organizing the 5th summit scheduled for June 9-14, 2015 in Chania, Greece. The purpose is to bring together leading academics and researchers on various sides of the debate and from all over the world to discuss new research and express opinions about what is happening and what might happen in the future with regard to regional and global hurricane (tropical cyclone) activity. The goals are to address what research is needed to advance the science of hurricane climate and to provide a venue for encouraging a lively, spirited, and sustained exchange of ideas.
Recent research shows that 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.
Thus leading scientists from around the world will present their latest research and participate in discussions on this topic. Invited speakers will be required to stay for the duration of the summit (4 days). All sessions will be plenary. An important part of the summit will be follow-up discussions during coffee breaks and meals to exchange opinions and ideas
Professor Jennifer Collins, James B. Elsner, and Rick Murnane are in charge of the scientific program for the Summit.
Topic keywords include: hurricane & climate theory, historical, paleo & modern data, empirical, statistical & dynamical models, intensity, frequency, size, paths, landfalls & rainfall, damage & losses, trends & cycles, hurricanes as a response to climate & hurricanes as forcing for climate. The intellectual merit of the summit is the likelihood of a significant advance in our understanding of climate processes associated with tropical cyclone activity. The broader impacts will be a better understanding of the future hurricane threat to the United States, Caribbean, Japan and elsewhere.