Sea Secrets: Hurricane Season Bears Down on South Florida

UM Hurricane Scientists Share Innovations in Advance of Atlantic Season


MIAMI — May 25, 2010 — As NOAA prepares to announce its initial outlook for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1, scientists at the University of Miami’s (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science are sharing some of the latest studies they will be participating in this year.  UM Hurricane scientists have built a reputation of excellence in this field, and on Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. as part of the successful Sea Secrets lecture series, a handful of these experts will sit down for a free public discussion at the Rosenstiel School Auditorium located at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key (next to the Miami Seaquarium).

  • Dr. David Nolan will uncover how hurricane winds change in shape – beginning as a tight, circular vortex over the ocean, then shifts into a lopsided wind field over land. Understanding these changes help explain disparities between people’s expectations of hurricane damage and what really occurs.
  • Dr. Shuyi Chen will provide a sneak preview into a future forecast system with a paradigm shift from weather to explicit impact forecasting. Advancement in science and technology will improve prediction of 1) severe impact events at and after landfall such as extreme wind, tornadoes, storm surge, and flooding; and 2) potential danger and loss levels for impact sectors such as power, water, and transportation, which have direct socioeconomic consequences.
  • Dr. Lynn ‘Nick’ Shay will speak about the now-infamous Loop Current and oceanic ‘fuel injectors,’ the sea surface temperature and other atmospheric variables that impact the intensity of hurricanes.
  • Dr. Brian Soden will discuss the ongoing debate about whether global warming will affect hurricane activity and how new theories, models and observations are helping us to better understand the cause of past changes in hurricane activity and better predict what we can expect in the future.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Chris Landsea, Science & Operations Officer for the National Hurricane Center in Miami. 

About the University of Miami The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.  Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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