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Recent Advances in Understanding Historical and Recent Tornadoes

Kieran Hickey

University College Cork

Dr. Kieran R. Hickey is currently Head of the Department of Geography and also Head of the School of the Human Environment at the University College Cork, in addition, he is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society and the Royal Geographical Society.


Tornadoes Causes Characteristics Features Impacts Temporal Variability Spatial Variability Regional Change Climate Change Climatological Context Trends Patterns Projections

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This book aims to examine recent advances in understanding historical and recent tornadoes in a number of contexts. The first content will be at the individual event level or swarms of tornadoes which form a coherent outbreak. In this context individual or groups of tornadoes will be analysed in terms of their causes including the synoptic conditions that led to their development. Characteristics and features of these tornadoes will be examined in the context of previously published research. The impacts of these events will also be assessed including deaths, injuries, economic and environmental damage.

The next context is to examine the spatial variability of tornadoes in particular regions e.g. USA, Europe. The temporal variability of tornadoes in particular regions will also be assessed using existing databases and adding to existing databases and also using a historical perspective where possible

The spatial and temporal variability will lead to the third context which is to situate historical and recent changes in the patterns of tornadoes into climate change by analysing the links with climate change. This may also include consideration of future projections of tornado activity in various regions around the Earth.

In summary the book aims to present some up to date thinking on tornadoes both as individual weather occurrences and as part of the bigger climate change picture.

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Date completed: September 28th 2020

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Kieran Hickey

University College Cork

Dr. Kieran R. Hickey is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the School of the Human Environment in University College Cork, Rep. of Ireland where he is currently Head of the Department of Geography and also Head of the School of the Human Environment. He earned his B.A. in Geography and Economics in 1986 and his M.A. in Geography in 1990 from University College Cork, Republic of Ireland and his D.Phil from Coventry University, England in 1997. His research is in storms and hurricanes, climate change, historical climatology and climate disasters. He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorology Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He has published extensively in many academic journals, edited volumes and written three books, two of which are on weather and climate change.

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