Tropical Cyclones: Impacts, the link to Climate Change and Adaptation

Date Published 2017, November 06

Authors Adelle Thomas, Patrick Pringle, Peter Pfleiderer, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner

Following the string of high intensity tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin in 2017 and the devastating impacts on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), a number of questions have been raised about linkages between these cyclones and climate change. This briefing provides clarity on scientifically-supported connections between existing tropical cyclones and climate change. The briefing also summarises how climate change may affect tropical cyclones at increased global mean temperatures in the future and provides a summary of the observed socio-economic impacts of these extreme events on SIDS.