Dr. Isaac Ginis, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island discusses the impact of climate change on hurricanes. He has an international reputation as a leading expert in numerical modeling and forecasting of air-sea interaction during hurricanes. Dr. Ginis is actively involved in both the U.S. and international tropical cyclone research and forecast communities. He has published over 70 papers in scientific journals and books on this topic and authored a chapter on hurricane-ocean interaction for the book “Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones” published by the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in 1995. His ground-breaking work in developing a coupled hurricane-ocean interaction model has led to significant improvement in hurricane forecasting. The U.S. National Weather Service has embraced this model and made it operational for the National Hurricane Center in 2001 in the Atlantic basin. In 2004, the model was implemented for the eastern Pacific basin and, in 2007, for global tropical cyclone forecasting by the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Ginis is a recipient of several national awards, including the 2001 NOAA Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, the 2002 National Oceanographic Partnership Program Excellence Award. He has been named the 2002 Environmental Hero by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To learn more about his research please go to: http://www.gso.uri.edu/users/iginis.All clips were filmed, directed, edited by Mary Healey Jamiel, Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island, serving jointly in Film Media and Communication Studies.