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Hurricanes: Science and Society

Major goals of Hurricanes: Science and Society are to provide foundational science for understanding complex scientific content, inform visitors about current scientific and technological advances, and to help visitors make good decisions prior to and during a hurricane emergency.

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website and associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes. There is also a hurricane history interactive, hurricane case studies, and a special section for educators. The information on the Hurricane: Science and Society is based solely on published scientific research and is a result of the Hurricanes: Science and Society project. All content has undergone thorough peer review by a panel of scientific experts.

The Hurricanes: Science and Society website and educational resources have been developed by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO). Many other people contributed to the site, including independent scientific reviewers and 14 middle and high school teachers. The Hurricanes: Science and Society project has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Other contributors are acknowledged below.

Hurricanes Science and Society Team from the URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Gail Scowcroft, Project Director
Isaac Ginis, Professor of Oceanography
Chris Knowlton, Marine Research Associate
Richard Yablonsky, Marine Research Scientist
Holly Morin, Marine Research Associate
Darrell McIntire, Graphic Designer

Project Partners
Louisiana State Museum
Raytheon Web Solutions

Science Advisory Panel Members
Mark DeMaria, NOAA / NESDIS Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch
Kerry A. Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Chris Landsea, NOAA / NWS/National Hurricane Center
Tom Knutson, NOAA /Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
James Kossin, NOAA / National Climate Data Center
Peter Sheng, University of Florida
Eric Williford, WeatherPredict Consulting, Inc.


This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant Number DRL-0813557. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.