Hurricanes of the North Atlantic: Climate and Society

Hardcover | April 1, 1999

byJames B. Elsner, A. Birol Kara

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Called the greatest storms on the planet, hurricanes of the North Atlantic Ocean often cause tremendous social and economic upheaval in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. And with the increasing development of coastal areas, the impact of these storms will likely increase. This bookprovides a comprehensive analysis of North Atlantic hurricanes and what they mean to society. It is intended as an intermediary between hurricane climate research and the users of hurricane information. Topics include the climatology of tropical cyclones in general and those of the North Atlantic inparticular; the major North Atlantic hurricanes, focusing on U.S. landfalling storms; the prediction models used in forecasting; and societal vulnerability to hurricanes, including ideas for modeling the relationship between climatological data and analysis in the social and economicsciences.

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Called the greatest storms on the planet, hurricanes of the North Atlantic Ocean often cause tremendous social and economic upheaval in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. And with the increasing development of coastal areas, the impact of these storms will likely increase. This bookprovides a comprehensive analysis of North ...

James B. Elsner is at Florida State University. A. Birol Kara is at NASA Stennis Space Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 1.18 inPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125088

ISBN - 13:9780195125085

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Table of Contents

1. Hurricane Characteristics2. Hurricane Categories and Impacts3. Hurricane Climate Data4. North Atlantic Hurricanes5. Tropical Only Hurricanes6. Baroclinically Enhanced Hurricanes7. Major Hurricanes8. U.S. Hurricanes9. Hurricanes of Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Bermuda10. Hurricane Cycles and Trends11. Hurricane Return Periods12. Hurricanes of the Early 1990s13. History of Seasonal Hurricane Forecasting14. Seasonal Forecast Models15. Sub Basin Forecast Models16. Prospects for Extended Range Outlooks17. People at Risk18. Property at Risk19. Catastrophe Insurance20. Integrated AssessmentReferencesIndex

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"This ambitious volume sets out to provide a comprehensive reference to North Atlantic hurricanes for all 'users of hurricane information' , from meteorologists to decision-makers on government and industry. It also intended as a reference text for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Withvery few exception the book fills its objectives admirably. . .Overall, this book is an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in hurricanes. It will be prized for the accumulated statistics, comprehensive and up-to-date references, and for the reviews of research methods. Outside thefield of atmospheric science, for example in the insurance industry, readers will find the content not only interesting, but potentially of great value in their work. . . Combining readability with considerable scientific merit, this well-written research tool deserves every success."--InternationalJournal of Climatology