Why This Hurricane Season is So Important to Scientists

Brian K Sullivan
June 17, 2016

This summer and fall, the Atlantic Ocean might become a testing ground for competing scientific theories.

Climate scientists disagree on the impact of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO)—a 25-to-40-year cycle of cooling and warming of the Atlantic Ocean—on the frequency of hurricanes. Some expect the AMO to drive cooler sea surface temperatures and fewer hurricanes in coming decades, but others do not think the AMO works this way. EAPS Professor Kerry Emanuel believes that another factor—air pollution—has played a significant role in reducing hurricane activity.

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