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Large Volcanic Eruptions Can Alter Hurricane Strength and Frequency

A new study is the first to untangle the effects of volcanic eruptions and El Niño events on hurricane patterns.

by |April 1, 2019

Hurricane Maria Study Warns: Climate-Driven Storms May Raze Many Tropical Forests

Biodiversity could suffer as result, and more carbon could be added to the atmosphere.

by |March 25, 2019
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Is Climate Change Already Making Hurricanes Stronger?

A new project is looking for the fingerprints of climate change in the hurricanes of today, so we’ll know what to expect in the near future.

by |March 5, 2019
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When Is a Sea Wall a Good Idea?

Scientists at Columbia’s Earth Institute are using simulations to test how well different methods protect coastal areas from hurricanes and sea level rise.

by |September 13, 2018

Rooting Out the Errors in Climate Models To Better Predict Hurricanes

By enhancing climate models, a project will help to improve forecasts of intense hurricanes like Hurricane Florence.

by |September 13, 2018
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Why Hurricane Florence is Unusual and Dangerous

Experts from around the Earth Institute weigh in on some of the biggest questions about Hurricane Florence.

by |September 12, 2018
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Hurricane Florence: Resources for Journalists

Our hurricane and disaster experts are standing by to answer media questions about hurricane physics, emergency response, climate change, and more.

by |September 12, 2018
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We Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Prisoners During Natural Disasters

When disaster strikes, prisoners’ rights are often forgotten about. A new paper recommends changes that can help protect them.

Vulnerabilities of a Coastal City: Reflections Five Years After Hurricane Sandy

A student shares her first-hand experience of the devastating storm, and discusses how New York City is building resilience—and how it could do better.

by |April 20, 2018
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Predicting Hurricane Flooding Risks to the East Coast

Columbia University researchers to help translate hurricane science into projections for planning for climate and weather risks.

by |April 9, 2018