MIT, News | June 14, 2016

Why This Hurricane Season is so Important to Scientists

By Lauren Hinkel

Climate scientists disagree on the impact of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO)—a 25-to-40-year cycle of cooling and warming of the Atlantic Ocean—on the frequency of hurricanes writes Brian K Sullivan for Bloomberg. Some expect the AMO to drive cooler sea surface temperatures and fewer hurricanes in coming decades, but others do not think the AMO works this way. EAPS Professor Kerry Emanuel, who is affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, believes that another factor—air pollution—has played a significant role in reducing hurricane activity.

Read the full article in Bloomberg.