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Subjects

Hurricanes -- Social aspects, Climatology, Climatic changes, Global warming

Abstract

This paper discusses the influence of global warming on ocean temperatures, and explains how vertical wind shear affects hurricane formation. It explores the scientific arguments against linking global warming to increased hurricanes, that ocean warming increases vertical wind shear in the main development region for Atlantic hurricanes, and that current/recent American hurricane trends fall within the realm of natural, multidecadal oscillations. Arguments supporting the link between global warming and hurricanes are addressed with climate modeling that links sea surface temperature (SST) increase to anthropogenic causes. It discusses SST’s influencing hurricane activity globally, if not locally to the U.S., and points to the need for consensus and action.

DOI

10.15760/anthos.2012.104

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12573

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