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Hurricanes of the North Atlantic: Climate and Society

By: James B Elsner and A Birol Kara

496 pages, 274 illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jul 1999 | #90311 | ISBN: 0195125088
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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 is likely to increase. This book provides a comprehensive analysis if 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 in particular; the major North Atlantic hurricanes, focusing on US 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 economic sciences.

"Hurricanes of the North Atlantic is well written and easy to follow....All in all, I take my hat off to the authors for producing this fine book....I did enjoy reading this newest book on hurricanes and wholeheartedly recommend it to others."--Stephen P. Leatherman, Bulletin of the AmericanMeteorological Society

"A professor of meteorology and geography at Florida State University and a contractor for the US Naval Research Laboratory at NASA assess North Atlantic hurricanes and their consequences, covering historical data sets, hurricane statistics, prediction models used in forecasting, and societal vulnerability to hurricanes. Of likely interest to meteorologists, climatologists, and economists, as well as decision makers in government and industry."--SciTech Book News

"Elsner (Florida State Univ.) and Kara (NASA) offer an excellent review of past tropical storms. Every conceivable presentation--lists, figures, tables, and maps--shows how they have affected each coas


1. Hurricane characteristics; 2. Hurricane categories and impacts; 3. Hurricane climate data; 4. North Atlantic hurricanes; 5. Tropical-only hurricanes; 6. Baroclinically-enhanced hurricanes; 7. Major hurricanes; 8. U.S. hurricanes; 9. Hurricanes of Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Bermuda; 10. Hurricane cycles and trends; 11. Hurricane return periods; 12. Hurricanes of the early 1990s; 13. History of seasonal hurricane forecasting; 14. Seasonal forecast models; 15. Sub-basin forecast models; 16. Prospects for multi-season outlooks; 17. Coastal population at risk; 18. Coastal property at risk; 19. Property catastrophe insurance; 20. Integrated assessment; Appendix; References

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