Challenging Climate

19. Kerry Emanuel on hurricanes and hypercanes in a warming world

September 20, 2022 Jesse Reynolds and Pete Irvine Episode 19
Challenging Climate
19. Kerry Emanuel on hurricanes and hypercanes in a warming world
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Professor Kerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist working at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. His research focuses on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. In this episode, we spoke with Kerry about what distinguishes a hurricane from tropical storms and tornadoes, and the dangers these natural hazards pose to societies. We also cover how these threats will evolve in an increasingly warming world, and what a hypercane is.

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Introduction and background
What is the difference between a storm, hurricane and tornado?
Hurricane safari: what would you see inside a storm?
The damages and dangers of storms
Why is the death toll of storms falling?
How are hurricanes changing in a warming world?
What is a hypercane?
What gives you optimism for the future?