Thomas Knutson

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Thomas Knutson is a climate modeller at the US Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is a laboratory in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration /Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research . The current director is Dr. V...

, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , pronounced , like "noah", is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere...

 (NOAA). In 2004, he published a paper suggesting that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide
Carbon dioxide
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 would lead to more intense hurricanes
Tropical cyclone
A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain. Tropical cyclones strengthen when water evaporated from the ocean is released as the saturated air rises, resulting in condensation of water vapor...

. This finding was subsequently supported by independent research. Knutson was invited to discuss his thesis on Ron Reagan
Ron Reagan
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 talk show
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, but the invitation was withdrawn after the White House
White House
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Source: New Scientist Magazine 2007-02-03, p. 5

External links

  • Donaghy, T., et al. (2007) "Atmosphere of Pressure:" a report of the Government Accountability Project
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    (Cambridge, Mass.: UCS Publications), page 30
  • One 2004 paper on the subject by Knutson