The surprising finding suggests that future hurricanes stoked by warming climate may be even more destructive to forests than scientists have already projected.
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According to new research, the rains that come once the storm has weakened may actually be more intense than when the storm is at its strongest.
Biodiversity could suffer as result, and more carbon could be added to the atmosphere.
Earth Institute experts are on-hand to answer media questions about hurricane physics, rapid intensification, emergency response, and more.
With the approach of Hurricane Matthew, here are a few of the many scientists at Columbia University’s Earth Institute who can help journalists cover the story.
The climate over the tropical Pacific is in an extreme state at the moment. That explains some of the extreme anomalies affecting the United States right now. It also gives us a window through which we can glimpse how even more dramatic and long-term climates of the distant past might have worked.
The jury is still out on how tropical storms will change as climate warms, but rising sea levels will almost certainly place more coastal property at risk of flooding, says a team of scientists writing in the journal Nature.