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4. Modeling Hurricanes

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Many computer simulations treat a hurricane as a system in which the energy input is heat and the energy output is the mechanical energy residing in the high winds. Computer models can predict a hurricane's wind speed based on measurements of air and water temperature, and then display the information in a graphical form.

Dr. Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Program for Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, has created a computer program to simulate hurricane behavior. The simulations and more information about Dr. Emanuel’s hurricane research can be found at: http://www-paoc.mit.edu/~emanuel/home.html

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