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Climate Mechanism for Stronger Typhoons in a Warmer World

Title: Climate Mechanism for Stronger Typhoons in a Warmer World.
Name(s): Kang, Nam-Young, author
Elsner, James B., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2016-02
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Violent typhoons continue to have catastrophic impacts on economies and welfare, but how they are responding to global warming has yet to be fully understood. Here, an empirical framework is used to explain physically why observations support a tight connection between increasing ocean warmth and the increasing intensity of supertyphoons in the western North Pacific. It is shown that the energy needed for deep convection is on the rise with greater heat and moisture in the lower tropical troposphere but that this energy remains untapped when air pressure is high. Accordingly, tropical cyclone formation is becoming less common, but those that do form are likely to reach extreme intensities from the discharge of stored energy. These thermodynamic changes to the environment most significantly influence the upper portion of extreme typhoon intensities, indicating that supertyphoons are likely to be stronger at the expense of overall tropical cyclone occurrences in the western North Pacific.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000369285500001 (IID), 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0585.1 (DOI)
Keywords: Atm, Climate change, intensity, Mathematical and statistical techniques, Ocean Structure, Phenomena, Physical Meteorology and Climatology, Statistics, tropical cyclones, western north pacific
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Climate.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 29

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Kang, N. -Y., & Elsner, J. B. (2016). Climate Mechanism for Stronger Typhoons in a Warmer World. Journal Of Climate. Retrieved from