Environmental Oceanography: Topics and Analysis
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1:  Scientist Peter Webster at Georgia Tech studied hurricanes globally over the 35 years between 1970 and 2005. What were his conclusions?

2:  What was his conclusion about the incidence of Category 4 and Category 5 hurricanes since 1995 compared with the 1970s?

3:  What reason did Webster offer for the increase in severity of hurricanes?

4:  What was scientist Roger Pelkey’s response?

5:  According to the report, how was the insurance industry responding to the increasing damage from hurricanes in New Orleans and elsewhere on the East and Gulf Coasts?

6:  What three factors did Risk Management Solutions’ representative describe as having contributed to the increased damage caused by hurricanes in New Orleans?

7:  What “important message” is included in the new higher rates that insurance companies are charging in New Orleans and other risk-prone areas?

8:  Why are new houses in the Lakeview neighborhood in New Orleans getting higher?

9:  Describe the nature of the consensus among scientists at the American Meteorological Society meeting on the impact of climate change on hurricanes.

10:  How did the two contending scientists, Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Chris Landsey of NOAA, use different kinds of data to support their positions?

11:  How did Hong Kong scientist Johnny Chan describe his view of the responsibility of climate scientists?

12:  How many more Burmese will inhabit the country in 2009 compared with 2008?

13:  Comment on the impact of an enhanced cyclone season potentially brought about by global warming coupled with an increase of 400,000 people per year.

14:  The nation’s geography is described as rugged highlands surrounding a central lowland. Comment on how this could lead to devastating fl oods during cyclone season.

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