NCAR|UCAR hurricane experts available to explain storm behavior, potential impacts

MMM Scientists keep close watch on Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. — As Hurricane Harvey takes aim at Texas, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), are closely watching the storm and testing high-resolution computer models.

Hurricane experts are available to explain issues such as:

  • How we can better predict the possible impacts of hurricanes, including wind damage, flooding, and subsequent spread of disease-bearing mosquitoes;
  • Whether climate change is affecting hurricanes and what we can expect in the future;
  • The importance of improving weather models to safeguard life and property.

Antonio Busalacchi, UCAR president (please contact David Hosansky for interview requests)
An expert on ocean-atmosphere interactions, Busalacchi has testified before Congress on the importance of improving the nation's weather forecasting capabilities to better protect life and property, bolster the economy, and strengthen national security. He has firsthand experience with storms along the Gulf Coast as a part-time New Orleans resident, and he is a member of the Gulf Research Program Advisory Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

Christopher Davis, director, NCAR Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory,, 303-497-8990
Davis studies the weather systems that lead to hurricanes and other heavy rainfall events. His expertise includes hurricane prediction and how computer models can be improved to better forecast storms. His NCAR weather lab is running experimental computer simulations of Hurricane Harvey.

James Done, NCAR scientist,, 303-497-8209
Done led development of the innovative Cyclone Damage Potential (CDP) index, which quantifies a hurricane's ability to cause destruction, using a scale of 1 to 10. It can also be used to examine the damage potential for cyclones in the future as the climate warms.


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