17 Dec '12, 3am

Improving the Tropical Cyclone Climate Record - RealClimate

Improving the Tropical Cyclone Climate Record - RealClimate

Guest Commentary by Christopher Hennon (UNC) Get involved in a new citizen science project at CycloneCenter.org . The poor quality of the tropical cyclone (TC) data record provides severe constraints on the ability of climate scientists to: a) determine to what degree TCs have responded to shifts in climate, b) evaluate theories on how TCs will respond to climate change in the future. The root cause for the poor data is the severity of the TC conditions (e.g. high wind, rough seas) and the remoteness of these storms – the vast majority of which form and remain well away from most observing networks. Thus, most TCs are not observed directly and those that are (with buoys, aircraft reconnaissance, ships) are often not sampled sufficiently (see the IBTrACS , (Knapp et al., 2010) ). This leaves tropical cyclone forecasters, who are ultimately responsible for recording TC track...

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