On Global Warming: A Center of Gravity Analysis of Atlantic Based Tropical Cyclones
[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]
US Army Command and General Staff College
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The United States military faces several important near-term threats including a potentially unstable Europe and Korean peninsula. While geographic combatant commanders around the world focus on state and non-state actors, they must also understand the threat multiplier of global climate change. Particularly, United States Northern Command, already faces the threat of large-scale destruction on the homeland. This threat takes the form not as a terrorist group or foreign army but as an extreme weather event, a hurricane. This incredible force of nature has demonstrated destructiveness many times over in our history and is expected to be further compounded by global climate change. With rising sea levels, increased sea surface temperatures, and a warmer atmosphere, tropical cyclones are forecasted to become more intense. The response following hurricane strikes will likely overwhelm local and state agencies requiring Title 10, or federal forces to respond more often. This will require United States Northern Command to adapt its strategy for the next 50 years meet this threat.
- Atmospheric Physics