Articles | Volume 18, issue 3
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 795–805, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-795-2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 795–805, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-795-2018

Research article 09 Mar 2018

Research article | 09 Mar 2018

The influence of sea surface temperature on the intensity and associated storm surge of tropical cyclone Yasi: a sensitivity study

Sally L. Lavender et al.

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This study analyses the influence of sea surface temperature (SST) on the track and intensity of tropical cyclone (TC) Yasi and the associated precipitation and storm surge. A set of regional climate model simulations with SST anomalies varying from +4 to −4 °C are analysed and used to force a storm surge model. Increases in SST lead to an increase in the potential destructiveness of the TC (intensity, rainfall and storm surge), although this relationship is not linear.
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