American Geophysical Union experts available for 2016 Atlantic hurricane season

25 May 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Several members of the American Geophysical Union are available to comment on the science of hurricanes and their possible impacts throughout the upcoming season, including storm modeling and prediction, how climate change affects storms, historic hurricane activity, the evolution of coastal systems, storm impacts, damage mitigation and rebuilding.

Suzana Camargo is the Lamont Research Professor of ocean and climate physics at Lamont Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University in New York. Her expertise is on the relationship between hurricanes and climate from intra-seasonal to centennial time scales. She studies various aspects of that relationship, including tropical cyclone genesis, intensity and more.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (845) 365-8640

James Done is a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He has expertise on the impact of climate change on hurricanes, assessing storm potential damage, and analyzing the costs and benefits of wind-building codes in Florida. He also recently developed a new index for quantifying a hurricane’s ability to cause destruction.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (303) 497-8209
*Note: James Done will be unavailable June 3 – 10 and July 13 – 15.

Jeffrey Donnelly is an associate scientist in geology and geophysics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He is an expert in historic and prehistoric hurricane activity. His research focuses on developing reconstructions of past hurricanes through sedimentary archives.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (508) 289-2994

Cheryl Hapke is a coastal geologist and director of the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is an expert on the evolution of coastal systems in a variety of settings, including barrier islands, the Pacific coast, and more. Her most recent research focused on the coastal response and recovery from Hurricane Sandy along the Long Island coastline. She served as the coastal science subject matter expert on a detail to FEMA in the aftermath of the storm.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (727) 424-8797
*Note: Cheryl Hapke will be unavailable May 25 – June 5.  

Robert Young is the director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He is an expert in hurricane storm impacts, storm surge flooding, coastal protection and beach nourishment, storm damage mitigation, coastal management and policy related to hurricane rebuilding, federal flood insurance, green infrastructure, and dune restoration.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (828) 506-2216
*Note: Robert Young will be unavailable May 25 – June 8.  

Fuqing Zhang is a professor of meteorology and director of the Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. He is an expert in hurricane modeling, hurricane intensity prediction, ensemble and probabilistic forecasting, observing strategy, and the use of aircraft and satellite data for better hurricane prediction.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (814) 865-0470
*Note: Fuqing Zhang will be unavailable May 25 – May 29.


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