Sci 209 Week 4 Paper

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Oceans, Hurricanes, and the Climate
SCI 209
Your Name
March 01, 2010

Natural disasters occurring from the climate change could be on the rise. Global warming has been rumored to be causing more hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, heavier monsoonal rains that cause major flooding, mud slides, and other disasters worldwide. A tropical cyclone, also referred to as hurricanes, typhoons, or cyclones, depending on where in the world the cyclone is occurring, are one of the world’s grandest shows of energy provided by nature. Hurricanes are large, swirling, low pressure storms that have sustained winds of over 74 miles an hour and are formed over warm ocean waters (NASA, n.d.). The purpose of this paper is to discuss hurricanes
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According to NOAA (n.d.), “Along the coast, storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane”. Katrina, the storm that hit New Orleans in 2005, caused over 1500 deaths. Most deaths were a result of the storm surge and subsequent flooding of low lying areas. Storm tides are the combination of the storm surge along with the tidal conditions. If the normal high tide for an area of the coast is 2 feet above mean sea level and the storm surge is to be 15 feet, you should expect a storm tide of over 17 feet. Two feet may not seem like much, but when water has reached the top of a levee and about to breech it, 2 feet can be devasting.
Hurricanes are a force of nature and a product of the ocean and the weather coming together to form a devastation machine. The winds stir the ocean and the storms also replace sands on the barrier islands. The fact that the earth is on a climatic temperature rise trend is sure to effect the frequency and strength of tropical cyclones. The fact that we insist on sharing the coastlines with the ocean will show an increasing level of loss associated with more and larger hurricanes in the future. The problems and devastation that results from hurricanes is multiplied by the development of man and the disappearance of natural barriers that shield the land from the oceans wrath.

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