Hurricane-climate change link unclear



Evidence exists both for and against an influence of anthropogenic climate change on any increased hurricane activity, and no conclusion can be drawn at this time as to whether or not a link exists, an international group of hurricane researchers concluded in a statement released on 4 December 2006.

More than 120 researchers from 34 countries met at the Sixth World Meteorological Organization International Workshop on Tropical Cyclones, which was held at the end of November in San José, Costa Rica. The workshop participants decided to develop the consensus statement because of increased attention to the subject due to several high-impact tropical cyclone events around the globe, such as the active 2004 and 2005 Atlantic hurricane seasons.