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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Tropical System Intensity in the Atlantic Basin

Tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin are affected by the environment in which they form. More specifically, the rate at which tropical storms intensify is influenced by such environmental factors as the sea surface temperature, vertical shear of the horizontal wind, and stability of the lower troposphere. Some of the intensifying tropical storms become hurricanes. Land falling hurricanes often cause wide-spread destruction, even death. Prior studies have shown that the sea surface temperature of the North Atlantic undergoes multi-decadal variability. In order to fully understand how hurricanes form in the Atlantic Ocean, we must study how Atlantic tropical storms intensify, where they intensity and how this intensification is affected by the long-term variation of sea surface temperature. This presentation will elaborate on the results of an examination of the intensification of Atlantic tropical storms using sea surface temperature, sea level pressure, and maximum sustained wind.

Presenters: Matthew Steffen (Undergraduate Student)
Matthew Steffen (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Earth Science
Location: 306 Lennon
Time: 11:15 am (Session II)