Forecasting tropical cyclones in a changing climate
Most of us engage with weather forecasts when we’re trying to plan our weekends, but they can also help us understand and cope with our rapidly changing climate. Data gathered for forecasts is a vital tool in tracking the progress of the current climate emergency; forecasts are also necessary to predict extreme weather events, such as tropical cyclones (also called hurricanes or typhoons), which have claimed about 10,000 lives per year since 1971. Changes to storm intensity, combined with growing coastal populations and the challenge of predicting weather in a changing climate, makes forecasting cyclones a vital area of research.
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