American Geophysical Union experts available for 2017 Atlantic hurricane season

17 May 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Several American Geophysical Union scientists 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, storm impacts, damage mitigation and rebuilding.

Jennifer Collins is an associate professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Her research focuses on the interaction between large scale climatic patterns such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and seasonal patterns of hurricane activity. She also investigates how hurricane activity varies within the season and examines human behavior relating to hurricane evacuation. Dr. Collins recently published a paper in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters on how the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was unusual.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (570) 594-1932
*Note: Jennifer Collins will be unavailable during the month of June. 

Chris Davis is the Associate Director for the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. His expertise is in hurricane formation and the transition of hurricanes into extratropical storms. He also has experience in numerical modeling of hurricanes and in developing methods to assess error sources in storm track and intensity forecasts.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (303) 497-8990
*Note: Chris Davis will be unavailable from May 22 to May 31.  

James Elsner is the Earl B. and Sophia H. Shaw Professor and Chair of Geography at Florida State University in Tallahassee. His expertise is on what hurricanes and tornadoes might be like in the future as the planet continues to warm.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (303) 497-8990

Wei Mei is an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His expertise is on the interactions between hurricanes, the ocean and climate. He studies how large-scale atmospheric conditions and underlying ocean states affect hurricane activity on various time scales and how hurricanes shape the ocean-atmosphere system.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (919) 962-0173

Ryan Sriver is an assistant professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He specializes in climate dynamics, climate variability and change, uncertainty quantification and Earth system modeling.  A major focus of his work is in understanding the relationship between hurricanes and climate across all timescales.
Email:  [email protected]
Phone: +1 (217) 300-0364

Jill Trepanier is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She has expertise in hurricane climatology, with an emphasis on the statistical assessment of risk. She works with observational databases of hurricane intensity and storm surge to best understand the combined risk along the U.S. coast.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +1 (225) 819-6592
*Note: Jill Trepanier will be unavailable June 23-26 and July 1-11.

Looking for additional experts? See our hurricane experts list from 2016.


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