A lot of attention has been given to the potential influence that climate change may have on tropical cyclone activity. But very little has been said about the way in which tropical cyclones influence climate. In this presentation, I will summarise the current understanding of tropical cyclone response to climate change, then move to a discussion of their role in the global atmospheric energy budget. Some speculation will be made on the relationship between the this role and the response of tropical cyclones to future changes.
Greg Holland is Chair of the Regional Climate Prediction Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. He was previously Director of the Earth System Laboratory at the NCAR. His current scientific research is focused on regional climate prediction, hurricanes and applications of extreme value theory. His career in tropical meteorology has included forecasting, teaching, research, and community service, including serving on a number of committees and review boards for NOAA, the National Academies and NASA, and chairing the Tropical Meteorological Program of WMO.
Greg is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and is a member of the WMO Expert Committee on Hurricanes and Climate Change. His publications have included major contributions to six textbooks and forecast manuals, together with over 100 peer-reviewed research papers. He served as lead author for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program report Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate.