Charles Roop, WCTV, Sept. 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The tropics have been active the last couple of weeks – even now as Tropical Storm Florence continues to impact the Carolinas.

But what does the future hold for tropical activity – especially in a warming world? Florida State researchers are working on new modeling for tropical cyclone behavior, thanks to a recent grant. FSU, along with Columbia University and the University of Washington, each received part of a $500,000 grant from NOAA to help diagnose hidden biases with tropical systems in high-powered climate models. The goal is to make the models more accurate.

“In order for us to use these climate models to make the projections about future climate, about how storm activity is going to change potentially in the future, we need to be confident that they have a realistic simulation,” said Allison Wing, an assistant professor with FSU’s Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science.

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