Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Hurricanes, typhoons and other tropical storms


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Online Meteorology Guide
Online Meteorology Guide

Tropical storms and climate change — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Cyclone Sidr: What Have We Learnt
Md Nadiruzzaman argues that we need to learn from past experience of the impact of natural hazards if we are to deal effectively with these events in the future. Published November 2010

Engaging Local Society in the Research Process
Luong Quang Huy describes a participatory research approach designed to empower local communities in adapting to socio-economic trends and climate change. Published September 2010

Disaster Reduction Measures for Typhoons and Floods
James Lewis discusses the need for a comprehensive approach to limiting typhoon and flood impacts. Published November 2007

On the Web

Central Pacific Hurricane Center
Based in Honolulu, issues all tropical cyclone warnings, advisories and statements for cyclones in the central Pacific.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) site covering current storm information, historic data, disaster preparedness and other topics. Some information is also available in Spanish.

Historical hurricane tracks
An interactive mapping tool to search and display historical storm tracks and related data through entering local or regional coordinates. Access available to website for active storm information.

Hurricanes and global warming
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the link between global warming and hurricanes.

Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tropical Cyclones
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) listing maintained by Christopher Landsea at NOAA's Hurricane Research Division.

Hurricanes: Online Meteorology Guide
An excellent introduction to the science of tropical storms, including development, lifecycle and destructive aspects.

Information on Tropical Cyclones
Range of information regarding historic typhoon impacts, scientific background, warning systems and forecasts from the Hong Kong Observatory.

Joint Typhoon Warning Center
Covering the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, the current situation, warnings and satellite imagery from the Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center West.

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research
Well-designed and up-to-date information from the City University of Hong Kong on seasonal forecasts of tropical cyclone activity over western North Pacific and South China Sea region.

National Hurricane Center, Tropical Prediction Center
Listing of forecast products, satellite imagery, aircraft reconnaissance, historical records and many other products from the NOAA National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Navigate the eye of a hurricane
Virtual reality tour of a hurricane, made available by CNN. Requires additional software.

Pacific Tropical Cyclone Data Portal
The aim of the Pacific Tropical Cyclone Data Portal is to improve knowledge of past tropical cyclone activity in the Pacific Islands and East Timor. The portal can be used to plot tracks of cyclones in the South Pacific between 1969 and 2010.

Tropical Cyclone Forecasting
Forecasts, charts of past and present storms, images and movies as well as research news from the UK Met. Office. Also contains links to major storm warning centres in Guam, Miami and Honolulu.

Tropical cyclones - Atlantic hurricanes
Current data.

Tropical cyclones - summaries and satellite images
Current data.

Tropical cyclones - UK Met. Office
Current data.

Tropical cyclones - University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies makes available information about current tropical cyclone occurrence, including imagery and links to other relevant sites, as well as archive data.

Tropical cyclones - worldwide maps
Current data.

Tropical Storms Worldwide
Excellent summary in table and map form of current and past storm conditions.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015