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What Might Hurricanes Be Like in the Future?

Speaker: James B. Elsner, Florida State University
Series: CEE Departmental Seminars
Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium
Date/Time: Thursday, November 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


This talk examines how we've come to know a bit about what hurricanes might be like in the future. It explains how we can combine theory, with data, and models to better understand nature's most powerful storms.

We certainly know what hurricanes are like today. When, where, how often. Sometimes they are deadly and destructive. But what about tomorrow? Will there be more hurricanes? Will there by fewer? Will they be stronger? Will the be weaker? Are we at greater risk from high winds and storm surge? How do we find answers to these questions?


Dr. James Elsner is the Earl and Sophia Shaw Professor of Geography at Florida State University where he teaches applied spatial statistics and climatology.  Dr. Elsner is President and CEO of Climatek; a company that develops software for hurricane & tornado risk models.  His research interests include the changing nature of the hurricane and tornado risks. He has written more than 130 research articles and three books.  He received his Ph.D. in meteorology in from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Dr. Elsner organizes a biennial summit on the topic of hurricanes and climate change sponsored in part by the Risk Prediction Initiative.