Other Hurricane-Related Materials

These materials and resources have to do with Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath or hurricanes in general. This list was compiled in 2006, so the most recent research is not represented here.

Emanuel, K. (2006). Hurricanes: Tempests in a greenhouse (more info) . Physics Today, 59(8), 74.
This article from Physics Today describes hurricanes as enormous heat engines and details how rising global temperatures and sea surface temperatures contribute to the severity and frequency of occurrence of hurricanes.

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This article from National Geographic magazine was printed in October of 2004. There is a surreal quality to the prescience of the article's description of a hypothetical killer storm striking New Orleans. The article has pictures and graphics of the coastal damage that was going on before Hurricane Katrina came ashore.

RealClimate: Hurricanes and Global Warming - Is There a Connection? (more info)
This essay by the climatologists over at the RealClimate Blog looks at what the current state of knowledge is regarding the links between Global Climate Change and hurricane intensity. The authors do a very good job distilling the complex field into understandable language and at the same time provide references and links to more in-depth information.

American RadioWorks: Hurricane Risk for New Orleans (more info)
In this 2002 documentary from American RadioWorks, Daniel Zwerdling talks to a number of scientists about the possibilities of a catastrophic hurricane event in New Orleans. The site includes the original audio program, a web text version and a printable version of the documentary. This documentary is the fourth in a series called Nature's Revenge that looks at the degradation of the wetlands and coastal areas along Louisiana's Gulf Coast.

Hurricane Center May Run Out of Names (more info)
This story from Live Science gives a brief history of naming storms in the Atlantic Basin and discusses the current international system for doing so. It goes on to talk about what would happen if all of the 21 selected names for 2005 are used before the end of the hurricane season.

Plotting Early Nineteenth-Century Hurricane Information (more info) , B.H. Bossak and J.B. Elsner (EOS, Vol. 85, No. 20, 18 May 2004)
This article from EOS magazine highlights the authors' work to build a GIS tool for tracking hurricanes that hit North America between 1800 and 1850. The Historical Hurricane Impact Tool (HHIT) they describe is available through the Hurricane Climate Institute at Florida State University in a CD-ROM version, and as a view-only Web version ( This site may be offline. ) .

AGU Highlights: Hurricanes
This collection of hurricane-related AGU Press Releases and Highlights from 1996 to 10 April 2006 can be used to teach science with the news.