WN@tL: “Hurricanes: Advancements in Our Understanding of Earth’s Most Powerful Storms”

June 27 - 7:00PM - 8:15PM
UW Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall, Room 1111, Madison, WI 53706
Cost: Free


Derrick Herndon, assistant researcher, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

About the talk

Over the last 60 years, tremendous progress has been made in our ability to observe hurricanes and forecast where they will go. Yet, the devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrates that more work is needed to help society prepare for and recover from these powerful — and sometimes deadly — storms. During this talk, attendees will learn what a hurricane is and why the University of Wisconsin–Madison has a connection to hurricane research, answering questions such as: how do hurricanes form? What are the forces that move them? What gains have been made in our ability to predict them, and are we reaching a limit on those predictions? Finally, what impact does the changing climate have on hurricanes, and why is that a difficult question to answer?

About the speaker

In the last 35 years, Derrick Herndon has experienced hurricanes in various ways: while living in his home state of Florida, flying in a research aircraft, and even sailing aboard a cruiser while stationed in the U.S. Navy. He has participated in five hurricane-study field campaigns as a part of research teams for the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA. His work focuses on the analysis of hurricane intensity and structure using multiple types of satellite data.

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