Hurricane Harvey Links to Ocean Heat Content and Climate Change Adaptation

@inproceedings{Trenberth2018HurricaneHL,
  title={Hurricane Harvey Links to Ocean Heat Content and Climate Change Adaptation},
  author={Kevin E. Trenberth and Lijing Cheng and Peter Jacobs and Y Zhang and John T. Fasullo},
  year={2018}
}
While hurricanes occur naturally, human-caused climate change is supercharging them and exacerbating the risk of major damage. Here using ocean and atmosphere observations, we demonstrate links between increased upper ocean heat content due to global warming with the extreme rainfalls from recent hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey provides an excellent case study as it was isolated in space and time. We show that prior to the beginning of northern summer of 2017, ocean heat content was the highest on… CONTINUE READING

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