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Perspective: coordinating paleoclimate research on tropical cyclones with hurricane-climate theory and modelling

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Amy Frappier ,

Department of Geology and Geophysics, Boston College, Devlin Hall 213, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, US
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Thomas Knutson,

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA, Princeton, NJ 08542, US
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Kam-Biu Liu,

Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University, 1002 Energy, Coast, and Environment Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, US
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Kerry Emanuel

Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, US
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Abstract

Extending the meteorological record back in time can offer critical data for assessing tropical cyclone-climate links. While paleotempestology, the study of ancient storms, can provide a more realistic view of past ‘worst case scenarios’, future environmental conditions may have no analogues in the paleoclimate record. The primary value in paleotempestology proxy records arises from their ability to quantify climate–tropical cyclone interactions by sampling tropical cyclone activity during pre-historic periods with a wider range of different climates. New paleotempestology proxies are just beginning to be applied, encouraging new collaboration between the paleo and tropical cyclone dynamics communities. The aim of this paper is to point out some paths toward closer coordination by outlining target needs of the tropical cyclone theory and modelling community and potential contributions of the paleotempestology community.We review recent advances in paleotempestology, summarize the range of types and quality of paleodata generation, and identify future research opportunities for paleotempestology, tropical cyclone dynamics and climate change impacts and attribution communities.

How to Cite: Frappier, A., Knutson, T., Liu, K.-B. and Emanuel, K., 2007. Perspective: coordinating paleoclimate research on tropical cyclones with hurricane-climate theory and modelling. Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, 59(4), pp.529–537. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0870.2007.00250.x
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 Accepted on 3 Apr 2007            Submitted on 1 Sep 2006

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