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Hurricanes and Typhoons Past, Present, and Future

ISBN-10: 0231123884

ISBN-13: 9780231123884

Edition: 2004

Authors: Richard J. Murnane, Kam-Biu Liu, Kam-Biu Liu

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Description:

This book surveys the past, present, and potential future variability of hurricanes and typhoons on a variety of timescales using newly developed approaches based on geological and archival records, in addition to more traditional approaches based on the analysis of the historical record of tropical cyclone tracks. A unique aspect of the book is that it provides an overview of the developing field of paleotempestology, which uses geological, biological, and documentary evidence to reconstruct prehistoric changes in hurricane landfall. The book also presents a particularly wide sampling of ongoing efforts to extend the best track data sets using historical material from many sources, including Chinese archives, British naval logbooks, Spanish colonial records, and early diaries from South Carolina. The book will be of particular interest to tropical meteorologists, geologists, and climatologists as well as to the catastrophe reinsurance industry, graduate students in meteorology, and public employees active in planning and emergency management.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Richard J. Murnane manages the Risk Prediction Initiative and is a research scientist at the Bermuda Biological Station for Research. Kam-biu Liu is the James J. Parsons Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University.

Introduction
Prehistoric Variability: Millennial to Centennial
Paleotempestology: Principles, Methods, and Examples from Gulf Coast Lake Sediments
Back-barrier Sedimentary Records of Intense Hurricane Landfalls in the Northeastern United States
Historic Variability: Centennial to Annual
A Method for Reconstructing Historical Hurricanes
Tropical Cyclone Reconstructions from Documentary Records: Examples for South Carolina, United States
The Use of Spanish and British Documentary Sources in the Investigation of Atlantic Hurricane Incidence in Historical Times
The Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project: Documentation for 1851-1910 Alterations and Additions to the HURDAT Database
Ancient Records of Typhoons in Chinese Historical Documents
The Importance of Best-Track Data for Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of Hurricanes and Typhoons
Present-day Variability: Interdecadal to Intraseasonal
Variations in Tropical Cyclone Activity over the Western North Pacific: From Interdecadal to Intraseasonal
ENSO and Tropical Cyclone Activity
Hurricane Landfall Probability and Climate
Dynamical Seasonal Forecasts of Tropical Storm Statistics
Potential Future Changes
Response of Tropical Cyclone Activity to Climate Change: Theoretical Basis
Impact of Climate Change on Hurricane Intensities as Simulated Using Regional Nested High-Resolution Models
Conclusion