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Is Catastrophic Climate Change Turning Britain into a Hurricane Hotspot?

Kantamaneni, Komali and Du, Xiaoping (2017) Is Catastrophic Climate Change Turning Britain into a Hurricane Hotspot? International Journal of Environmental Research, 11 (5-6), pp. 569-578. Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/s41742-017-0049-8 ISSN 1735-6865

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Uncharacteristically strong storm activity in the UK during recent years has focused attention once again upon climatic impacts. Rapid climate change, which in turn affects sea surface temperatures (SST), ocean circulation, and wind speed patterns, is most likely contributing to these unprecedented and prolonged storm events. Previous studies focused on individual factors rather than cumulative effects of climate change; however, a knowledge gap exists. Consequently, this quantitative study analysed the current influence of climate change on UK sea surface and mean air temperatures, together with mean wind speeds. It also assessed whether climate change scenarios will create favourable conditions for the genesis of catastrophic hurricanes in the UK using a 2-path analysis (SST, wind speed, temperatures). Accordingly, in situ SST, mean wind speed, and mean temperatures for the period 2000–2014 are analysed. Primary results revealed that increasing trends in regional SST (0.1–0.7 °C), mean temperature (0.4–0.8 °C), and wind speed (0.5–2 m/s) patterns. It is expected that significant changes in climate will cause sea surface temperature increases between 1 and 4 °C, which will accelerate temperature and wind speed further. These adverse changes would negatively affect future UK weather patterns and create positive conditions for the formation of super storms and high winds in the near future, although not necessarily hurricanes.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/118106/
Document Type:Article
Title:Is Catastrophic Climate Change Turning Britain into a Hurricane Hotspot?
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Kantamaneni, KomaliKomali.kantamaneni (at) solent.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Du, Xiaopingduxp (at) radi.ac.cnhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0618-0984
Date:22 September 2017
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Environmental Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s41742-017-0049-8
Page Range:pp. 569-578
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Keywords:Climate change, Hurricanes, Sea surface temperature (SST), Wind speed, Mean temperatures, United Kingdom
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote sensing and geoscience
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Clauss, Kersten
Deposited On:05 Feb 2018 15:00
Last Modified:05 Feb 2018 15:00

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