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Hurricanes and Climate Change


A reading to learn about what affects hurricane activity and the measures that can help in building resilience to the impacts of hurricanes.

Students will read about the effects of warmer sea surface temperatures and sea-level rise on hurricanes. They will also discuss changes in the frequency and intensity of hurricanes in recent decades, the damage caused by hurricanes, and actions for a community to adapt to and build resilience to hurricane-related threats.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How might warmer sea surface temperatures and rise in sea levels affect hurricane intensity?
  2. How do hurricanes affect coastal areas? What measures could be taken to decrease this
About Tool
Tool Name Hurricanes and Climate Change
Discipline Geography, Earth Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Disasters and Hazards, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Hurricanes, Storms, Oceanography, Hurricane Intensity, Hurricane Frequency
Climate Topic Disasters and Hazards
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)  
Hosted at Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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