Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones: From Science to Mitigation

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This book is a completely rewritten, updated and expanded new edition of the original Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones published in 1995. It presents a comprehensive review of the state of science and forecasting of tropical cyclones together with the application of this science to disaster mitigation, hence the tag: From Science to Mitigation.

Since the previous volume, enormous progress in understanding tropical cyclones has been achieved. These advances range from the theoretical through to ever more sophisticated computer modeling, all underpinned by a vast and growing range of observations from airborne, space and ocean observation platforms. The growth in observational capability is reflected by the inclusion of three new chapters on this topic. The chapter on the effects of climate change on tropical cyclone activity is also new, and appropriate given the recent intense debate on this issue. The advances in the understanding of tropical cyclones which have led to significant improvements in forecasting track, intensity, rainfall and storm surge, are reviewed in detail over three chapters. For the first time, a chapter on seasonal prediction is included. The book concludes with an important chapter on disaster mitigation, which is timely given the enormous loss of life in recent tropical cyclone disasters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789814293471
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

Part I Theory of Tropical Cyclones

Chapter 1 Tropical Cyclone Structure and Dynamics Jeffrey D. Kepert 3

Chapter 2 Tropical Cyclone Formation Kevin J. Tory William M. Frank 55

Chapter 3 Air-Sea Interactions in Tropical Cyclones Lynn K. Shay 93

Chapter 4 Movement of Tropical Cyclones Johnny C. L. Chan 133

Chapter 5 The Extratropical Transition of Tropical Cyclones: Structural Characteristics, Downstream Impacts, and Forecast Challenges Patrick A. Harr 149

Part II Observations of Tropical Cyclones

Chapter 6 Observing and Analyzing the Near-Surface Wind Field in Tropical Cyclones Mark D. Powell 177

Chapter 7 Satellite Observations of Tropical Cyclones Christopher Velden Jeffrey Hawkins 201

Chapter 8 Aircraft Observations of Tropical Cyclones Sim D. Aberson Joseph Cione Chun-Chieh Wu Michael M. Bell Jeffrey Halverson Chris Fogarty Martin Weissmann 227

Part III Climate Variations of Tropical Cyclone Activity

Chapter 9 Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change: A Review Thomas Knutson Chris Landsea Kerry Emanuel 243

Part IV Forecasting of Tropical Cyclones

Chapter 10 Track and Structure Forecasts of Tropical Cyclones Julian Heming Jim Goerss 287

Chapter 11 The Influence of Natural Climate Variability on Tropical Cyclones, and Seasonal Forecasts of Tropical Cyclone Activity Suzana J. Camargo Adam H. Sobel Anthony G. Barnston Philip J. Klotzbach 325

Part V Hydrological Aspects of Tropical Cyclones

Chapter 12 Storm Surge Modeling and Applications in Coastal Areas Shishir K. Dube Tad S. Murty Jesse C. Feyen Reggina Cabrera Bruce A. Harper Jerad D. Bales Saud Amer 363

Part VI Societal Impacts of Tropical Cyclones

Chapter 13 Disaster Mitigation and Societal Impacts David King Jim Davidson Linda Anderson-Berry 409

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