Hurricanes in Maine: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 6:30pm – 8:00pm Save to Calendar

Join us to explore hurricanes in Maine, and how their risk level is affected by climate change.


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Hurricanes in Maine have been rare but very destructive. In this talk, MIT professor Dr. Kerry Emanuel will describe how today's scientists estimate long-term hurricane risk and how it may change as a consequence of global warming. In the course of this presentation, he will discuss the evidence for human-induced climate change and, if time permits, the range of possible solutions to this problem.

Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. His specialty is hurricane physics and he was the first to investigate how long-term climate change might affect hurricane activity, an issue that continues to occupy him today.

Emanuel is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and three books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, published by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press and now entering its third edition. He is a co-director of MIT’s Lorenz Center, a climate think tank devoted to basic, curiosity-driven climate research.

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