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Kerry Emanuel is a prominent meteorologist and climate scientist who specializes in moist convection in the atmosphere, and tropical cyclones. His research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, the role of clouds, water vapor, and upper-ocean mixing in regulation of climate, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction.
Emanuel received an S.B. degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a Ph.D. in Meteorology (1978) both from MIT. After completing his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the Atmospheric Sciences department of the University of California at Los Angeles where he remained for three years, with a brief hiatus filming tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas.
In 1981 he joined the faculty of the Department of Meteorology at MIT and was promoted to Full Professor in 1987 in what had since becomes the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS). In 1989 he assumed directorship of EAPS Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, a post he held until 1997. Subsequently he chaired the EAPS Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate from 2009 to 2012. He is co-founder of the MIT Lorenz Center, a climate think tank which fosters creative approaches to learning how climate works.
Professor Emanuel is the author or co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and three books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, published by Oxford University Press, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press.
For a complete, up-to-date list of publications, see here
Sroka, S., and K. Emanuel, 2022: Sensitivity of sea-surface enthalpy and momentum fluxes to sea spray microphysics. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 127, e2021JC017774, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JC017774
Zhu, L., K. Emanuel, and S. M. Quiring, 2021: Elevated risk of tropical cyclone precipitation and pluvial flood in Houston under global warming. Environmental Research Letters, 16, 094030, https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac1e3d
Lin, J., and K. Emanuel, 2021: On the effect of surface friction and upward radiation of energy on equatorial waves. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-21-0199.1
Emanuel, K., 2021: Nuclear fear: The irrational obstacle to real climate action. Bull. Atomic Scien., 77, 285–289, https://doi.org/10.1080/00963402.2021.1989192
Studholme, J., A. V. Fedorov, S. K. Gulev, K. Emanuel, and K. Hodges, 2021: Poleward expansion of tropical cyclone latitudes in warming climates. Nature Geoscience, 1–15, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-021-00859-1
Emanuel, K., 2021: Atlantic tropical cyclones downscaled from climate reanalyses show increasing activity over past 150 years. Nature Communications, 12, 7027, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-27364-8
Rousseau-Rizzi, R., and K. Emanuel, 2021: A Weak Temperature Gradient Framework to Quantify the Causes of Potential Intensity Variability in the Tropics. Journal of Climate, 1–48, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-21-0139.1
Emanuel, K., 2021: Response of global tropical cyclone activity to increasing CO2 : Results from downscaling CMIP6 models. J. Climate, 34, 57-70, doi:10.1175/jcli-d-20-0367.1
Chang, D., S. Amin, and K. Emanuel, 2020: Modeling and parameter estimation of hurricane wind fields with asymmetry. J. App. Meteor. Clim., 59, 687-705, doi:10.1175/jamc-d-19-0126.1
Marsooli, R., N. Lin, K. Emanuel, and K. Feng, 2019: Climate change exacerbates hurricane flood hazards along us Atlantic and gulf coasts in spatially varying patterns. Nat Commun, 10, 3785, doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11755-z. Supplementary information
Tao, D., K. Emanuel, F. Zhang, R. Rotunno, M. M. Bell, and R. G. Nystrom, 2019: Evaluation of the assumptions in the steady-state tropical cyclone self-stratified outflow using three-dimensional convection-allowing simulations. J. Atmos. Sci., 76, 2995-3009, doi:10.1175/jas-d-19-0033.1
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