Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Professor Kerry Emanuel

Date: March 16, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Space Research Building Auditorium, Room 2246

Professor Kerry Emanuel, co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lorenz Center, Please join us! 

Title: "How Will Climate Change Affect Severe Thunderstorms?"

Abstract: Severe thunderstorms produce hail, tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, and flash floods. They are particularly problematic in the U.S., which has a higher frequency of such storms than any other nation. Up until now, we have lacked a comprehensive theory for how climate change might affect the incidence and magnitude of severe thunderstorms. I will describe some recent work done in collaboration with my PhD student Vince Agard which suggests that the severity of thunderstorms may increase as the planet warms. 

Bio: Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. Professor Emanuel's research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. He is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and three books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, published by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press. He is a co-director of MIT’s Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic, curiosity driven climate research.

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