Hurricanes, Climate, and Katrina:
Research, Reviews, and Articles from Science Online

Science and its publisher, AAAS, share with our fellow citizens the deep sense of loss occasioned by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and also extend our sympathy to those affected by Hurricane Rita. As an aid to policy makers, scientists, and the public in understanding the large-scale forces and smaller-scale scientific, social, political background to the disaster, we are making available, free to all visitors via this page, this selection of past Science articles related to hurricanes, coastal disasters, and disaster policy.

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The Gulf Coast Hurricanes and Their Aftermath

News Focus: Hurricane Rita Spares Major Research Institutions
Jocelyn Kaiser
Science, 30 September 2005; 309: 2143

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News Focus: Displaced Researchers Scramble to Keep Their Science Going
Jocelyn Kaiser
Science, 23 September 2005; 309: 1980-1981

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News Focus: Katrina Leaves Behind a Pile of Scientific Questions
John Bohannon
Science, 23 September 2005; 309: 1981

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News Focus: Scientists Weigh Options for Rebuilding New Orleans
John Bohannon and Martin Enserink
Science, 16 September 2005; 309: 1808-1809

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News Focus: Questioning the 'Dutch Solution'
Martin Enserink and John Bohannon
Science, 16 September 2005; 309: 1809

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News: Scientists' Fears Come True as Hurricane Floods New Orleans
John Travis
Science, 9 September 2005; 309: 1656-1659

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News: Riding Out the Storm
Carolyn Gramling
Science, 9 September 2005; 309: 1657

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Climate Change, Hurricanes, and Extreme Weather

Report: Changes in Tropical Cyclone Number, Duration, and Intensity in a Warming Environment
P. J.Webster, G. J. Holland, J. A. Curry, and H.-R. Chang
Science, 16 September 2005; 309: 1844-1846

Related News Focus: Is Katrina a Harbinger of Still More Powerful Hurricanes?
Richard A. Kerr
Science, 16 September 2005; 309: 1807
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Perspective: Uncertainty in Hurricanes and Global Warming
Kevin Trenberth
Science, 17 June 2005; 308: 1753-1754

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Report: How Much More Global Warming and Sea Level Rise?
Gerald A. Meehl, Warren M. Washington, William D. Collins, Julie M. Arblaster, Aixue Hu, Lawrence E. Buja, Warren G. Strand, and Haiyan Teng
Science, 18 March 2005; 307: 1769-1772

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Report: More Intense, More Frequent, and Longer Lasting Heat Waves in the 21st Century
Gerald A. Meehl and Claudia Tebaldi
Science, 13 August 2004; 305: 994-997

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Report: The Recent Increase in Atlantic Hurricane Activity: Causes and Implications
Stanley B. Goldenberg, Christopher W. Landsea, Alberto M. Mestas-Nuñez, and William M. Gray
Science, 20 July 2001; 293: 474-479

Related Perspective: Hurricane Threats
Lennart Bengtsson
Science, 20 July 2001; 293: 440-441
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News Focus: Rising Global Temperature, Rising Uncertainty
Richard A. Kerr
Science, 13 April 2001; 292: 192-194

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Review: Climate Extremes: Observations, Modeling, and Impacts
David R. Easterling, Gerald A. Meehl, Camille Parmesan, Stanley A. Changnon, Thomas R. Karl, and Linda O. Mearns
Science, 22 September 2000; 289: 2068-2074

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Report: Simulated Increase of Hurricane Intensities in a CO2-Warmed Climate
Thomas R. Knutson, Robert E. Tuleya, and Yoshio Kurihara
Science, 13 February 1998; 279: 1018-1021

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Brevia: Extreme Waves Under Hurricane Ivan
David W. Wang, Douglas A. Mitchell, William J. Teague, Ewa Jarosz, and Mark S. Hulbert
Science, 5 August 2005; 309: 896

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Coastal Disaster Planning

Special Issue: Dealing with Disasters
A special section in this issue provided a variety of Viewpoint articles on disaster planning, including:

Viewpoint: Toward Inherently Secure and Resilient Societies
Brad Allenby and Jonathan Fink
Science, 12 August 2005; 309: 1034-1036

Viewpoint: Social-Ecological Resilience to Coastal Disasters
W. Neil Adger, Terry P. Hughes, Carl Folke, Stephen R. Carpenter, Johan Rockström
Science, 12 August 2005; 309: 1036-1039

Viewpoint: Insurance in a Climate of Change
Evan Mills
Science, 12 August 2005; 309: 1040-1044

Viewpoint: Refocusing Disaster Aid
Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, Reinhard Mechler, and Georg Pflug
Science, 12 August 2005; 309: 1044-1046
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Policy Forum: U.S. Policies Pertaining to Weather and Climate Extremes
Stanley A. Changnon and David R. Easterling
Science, 22 September 2000; 289: 2053-2055

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Review: Mitigation Emerges as Major Strategy for Reducing Losses Caused by Natural Disasters
Board on Natural Disasters
Science, 18 June 1999; 284: 1943-1947

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News: Forecasters Learning to Read a Hurricane's Mind
Richard A. Kerr
Science, 23 April 1999; 284: 563-565

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Louisiana's Wetlands and Other Floodplain Issues

News Focus: Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands: Going, Going . . .
Joel Bourne
Science, 15 September 2000; 289: 1860-1863

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Policy Forum: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back on U.S. Floodplains
Nicholas Pinter
Science, 8 April 2005; 308: 207-208

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[Note: Janet Kegg provided research for assembling this collection.]

Katrina Relief
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