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That inward contraction of a hurricane’s eye can be one telltale indicator of what hurricane gurus technically call “rapid intensification,” although a more evocative word might simply be “explosion.” “One of the key issues is that it remains quite difficult to predict on a day-to-day basis. And of course, it’s something we would very much like to be able to predict, especially when an intensifying storm is near land,” said Prof. Gabriel Vecchi, Geosciences/PEI.
With the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey, the historic winds of Irma, and Jose still meandering slowly through the Caribbean, the last few weeks have been full of powerful and frequent hurricanes.  In the real world, the planet has gotten warmer, the oceans have gotten warmer, and here we have these intense storms — it all seems to add up.  (Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted)
As Irma moves toward the Florida, WHYY Radiotimes Marty Moss-Coane talks with Princeton University geoscientist, Gabriel Vecchi, about the hurricane, storm prediction and the role of climate change.
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have reignited discussions about the link between global warming and extreme weather, with climate scientists now saying they can show the connections between the two phenomena better than ever before. “A warmer ocean makes a warmer atmosphere, a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture,” says Gabriel Vecchi, a professor of geosciences at Princeton University who studies extreme weather events.
With sadness and respect, The Department notes the death of Alfred Fischer, faculty 1956-1984, on July 2, 2017 at the age 95.
There are some major oddities of hurricane behavior in the North Atlantic basin — the region that includes the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico — that continue to puzzle scientists and spark debate. Surveying them helps explain where we now find ourselves — and also, how dangerous complacency about hurricane dangers, triggered by long periods of calmer activity or fewer storm strikes, can too easily set in.
In 1967, Jason Morgan discovered the theory of plate tectonics — the idea that rigid plates pave the Earth’s surface, moving relative to one another with the continents and oceans in tow. Recently, Morgan read a new article in "Science" by the geologist H. William Menard, who had mapped long cracks called “fracture zones." “I instantly saw the pattern that all the fracture zones had a common pole that they were concentric about,” Morgan, 81, told Quanta.
Carbon capture and storage received a boost from a study that indicated the procedure would not be prone to leakage or high costs related to fixing leaks. “That link was not there before, and that is really what has motivated our study,” said Hang Deng *15, a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “I think this is really the first attempt trying to make this link and using the scientific findings to inform global climate change mitigation efforts.”
The 2017 spring edition of the Smilodon Newsletter is now available on our website in the "About Us" section. The newsletter's featured article is Catching a (seismic) wave: Simons measures earthquakes in the oceans by Jennifer Schieltz, Office of the Dean for Research.
It is with sadness that the department recognizes the passing of Dr. Alan Smith *63 on August 13.  Alan had a long, distinguished career at the University of Cambridge, and also kept close ties with this Department.  Indeed, Alan was one of our most involved and supportive graduate alumni.  He participated in most of the Geosciences Graduate Student Alumni field trips.