HRD researchers contribute to new textbook on recent advances in tropical cyclone research

The book, co-edited by HRD scientist Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan, is based on a series of lectures by scientists from the US, India and Australia, at a workshop held in Bhubaneswar, India on 9-14 July 2012. It provides information on recent advances in tropical cyclone (hurricane and typhoon) observations, data assimilation (the process of getting these observations into forecast models), and these forecast models, and is meant to be used for teaching and reference at universities and research laboratories. There is specific information about how tropical cyclones move, how their structures and strengths changes, and forecasts of impacts like storm surge and rainfall.

The book has 27 chapters, three of them authored by HRD scientists. The first chapter, by Frank Marks, summarizes NOAA’s Hurricane Field Program, the use of aircraft observations to improve forecasts, and plans for the future. Thiago Quirino and Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan discuss useful, basic information from forecast models. And a chapter on the area where the ocean and atmosphere meet, by Sundararaman Gopalakrishnan and others, shows the importance of the transfer of moisture and wind between the ocean and the atmosphere that control tropical cyclone size and intensity change.

The textbook was first released in India during TROPMET 2016 Climate Change and Coastal Vulnerability organized by the Indian Meteorological Society (IMS), and is  available here.