Study: Climate Change Increases Hurricane Threat

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Hawaii Tribune-Herald (11/08/18) Burnett, John

As the climate changes in the coming decades, the northward shift of hurricanes toward the Hawaiian Islands will increase chances of landfall, according to researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology. The study also indicates that storm surge will pose severe flood risks to population and infrastructure along coastlines and further inland. The study’s lead author and ocean wave model systems specialist Ning Li said, “This has significant implications for engineering practice and land-use planning. If climate change effects are factored into design requirements through new regulations, an economic incentive is created for responding to climate change in planning, siting, and construction of structures.”

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