Interview: NASA Scientist Says Wind, Flooding And Rainfall Increase The Intensity Of A Hurricane


Thousands of scientists are working on research related to climate change and extreme weather.

Dr. Tim Hall is one of them. Dr. Hall is a Senior Research Scientist with NASA and adjunct professor at Columbia University. He has been studying weather patterns and their correlations to climate change. He says wind, flooding and rainfall can affect the intensity of a hurricane.

NASA scientists have begun to prove that hurricanes are getting worse. In the last year they have collected date on Hurricane Irma, Maria and Harvey.

Dr. Hall joined Sundial to talk about his research and the correlation between climate change and hurricanes. 

WLRN:  What evidence do we have that change in climate is leading to hurricanes getting worse?

Dr. Tim Hall: I like to order the relationship between hurricanes and climate in terms of what we know with the most degree of certainty. And one of the things that's related to hurricane hazards is sea-level rise. I mean simply, warmer sea water takes up more volume. So water rises as the oceans warm. And even if hurricanes weren't changing in intensity, the same winds blowing over a higher baseline will just push water deeper into land and getting worse flooding events.

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