Hurricanes and Climate Change


A reading to learn about what affect hurricane activity and the measures that can help in building resilience to the impacts of hurricanes.

Students will read about the effects of warmer sea surface temperatures and sea-level rise on hurricanes. They will also discuss changes in the frequency and intensity of hurricanes in recent decades, the damage caused by hurricanes, and actions for a community to adapt to and build resilience to hurricane-related threats.

Use this tool to help students find answers to:

  1. How might warmer sea surface temperatures and rise in sea levels affect hurricane intensity?
  2. How do hurricanes affect coastal areas? What measures could be taken to decrease this impact?

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By Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Hosted at Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Language: English

Location: Global

Grade: High School, Undergraduate

Access: Online

Computer Skills: Basic

Discipline: Geography, Earth Sciences

Discipline Topics: Disasters, Hazards, Hurricanes, Storms, Oceanography, Hurricane Intensity, Hurricane Frequency

Climate Topics: Disasters and Hazards