Will a Warmer World Be Stormier?
Tuesday February 15th
Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall
Summary: Earth is expected to continue to warm by a few degrees over the next century because of increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. A few degrees - what's the big deal? One reason a small warming may be important is its effect on storms of various kinds - nor'easters, hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes. Will there be more of them in a warmer climate? Will they be stronger? Will it matter? I will discuss why Earth has storms in the first place, what our climate models can and cannot yet tell us about how they will change in the future, and how we should think about individual extreme events that have occurred in recent years.
Dr. Tony Del Genio is a physical scientist with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His main research interests are the role of clouds and water vapor in climate and the dynamics of planetary atmospheres.
Tony received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Planetary and Space Physics from the University of California Los Angeles.
Future talks are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12:15-1:00pm in Room 417 Schermerhorn Hall. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
All are welcome to attend!