Research Areas

hurricane hub

Our school’s interdisciplinary research areas help to investigate hurricane formation, structure, development, track, and forecasting complimenting a special interest on socio-economic impacts and policy.

Research topics include:

Hurricane Dynamics

  • Genesis
  • Intensity change
  • Structure change


  • Ensemble forecasting
  • Predictability
  • Landfall

Observational and Laboratory Experiments

  • Air-sea interaction
  • Upper ocean and wave dynamics
    • SUSTAIN: SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction Facility
    • UODL: Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory
  • Future targeted observing systems
  • Remote sensing
    • CSTARS: Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing


  • Tropical cyclones and climate change
  • Tropical climate and variability

Society and Policy

  • Societal and economic impacts
  • Environmental policy
  • Hazard communication

The Rosenstiel School is ideally situated for the study of hurricanes through its location on Virginia Key in Miami. The hurricane research groups at the Rosenstiel School benefit from close collaborations with other schools on the University's main campus, as well as with neighboring facilities including Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), Hurricane Research Division (HRD), and the National Hurricane Center (NHC). We also work with researchers from Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), Naval Research Lab - Monterey (NRL-MRY), Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).