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Hurricane Working Group

The US CLIVAR Hurricane Working Group was formed in January of 2011 to coordinate efforts to produce a set of model experiments designed to improve understanding of the variability of tropical cyclone formation in climate models. The WG concluded their activities in 2014.

The scientific objectives of the Hurricane WG include:

  • an improved understanding of interannual variability and trends in the tropical cyclone activity from the beginning of the 20th century to the present
  • quantifying changes in the characteristics of tropical cyclones under a warming climate.

Workshop Report Re-released March 2014:  "US CLIVAR Hurricane Workshop Report"


Hurricane Working Group
Gabriel Vecchi, co-chair NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Suzana Camargo, co-chair Columbia University/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Kevin Walsh, co-chair University of Melbourne, Australia
Lennart Bengtsson University of Reading, UK
James Elsner Florida State University
Kerry Emanuel Massachusetts Institute of Technology
In-Sik Kang Seoul National University, Korea
Jim Kossin NOAA National Climatic Data Center
Tim LaRow Florida State University
Kazuyoshi Oouchi Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
Siegfried Schubert NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Adam Sobel Columbia University
Enrico Scoccimarro INGV-CMCC, Italy
Gabriele Villarini University of Iowa
Ming Zhao NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  Additional Contributing Members
Julio Bacmeister NCAR
Ping Chang Texas A&M University
Fabrice Chauvin CNRM, France
Monika Esch MPI, Germany
Christine Jablonowsky University of Michigan
Young-Kwon Lim NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Hiroyuki Murakami MRI, Japan
Tomoaki Ose MRI, Japan
Christina Patricola Texas A&M University
Kevin Reed University of Michigan
Malcolm Roberts Met Office, UK
R. Saravanan Texas A&M University
Pier Luigi Vidale University of Reading, UK
Michael Wehner Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Terms of Reference

  • Define common experiments for model simulations by participating model groups
  • Supply common data sets and tropical cyclone metrics for those experiments
  • Coordinate the evaluation and reporting of common experiments and the storage of model output
  • Organize a series of workshops to present and discuss the results