La Nina-like ocean cooling patterns intensify northwestern Pacific tropical cyclones

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Focus on education to fight disaster

Meghalaya education minister Lahkmen Rymbui said education plays a significant role in disaster mitigation.

“The Northeast falls under a seismic zone and if disaster strikes, it will directly or indirectly have an effect on the region,” said Rymbui while delivering the inaugural address at the two-day North East Regional Conference on Earthquake and Landslide Mitigation – Building Disaster Resilience in North East India held here.

The conference, organised by the Meghalaya State Disaster Management Authority (MSDMA), aimed at bringing together professionals, researchers, academia, international agencies and students among others to a common platform for interaction and knowledge sharing on disaster-related issues.

Stating that natural or man-made disaster can occur any time, Rymbui said, “When it comes to man-made disasters, humans for the sake of development, sometimes tend to disturb the natural surroundings.”

He also urged the MSDMA to impart education and create awareness among schoolchildren, traditional heads, district administrations, engineers at block levels regarding disaster mitigation….


La Nina-like ocean cooling patterns intensify northwestern Pacific tropical cyclones

Map of the equatorial Pacific Ocean showing differences between hiatus and pre-hiatus periods: shading indicates sea surface temperatures (blue is cooler, red is warmer) and contours indicate change in the number of intense tropical cyclones ( green indicates increase, blue indicates decrease). Credit: Zhao J., et al. (2018)

The intensity and frequency of strong tropical cyclones, as well as cyclone landfalls, has increased in recent decades in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, raising speculation about the root cause of this surge in destructive Category 4 and 5 storms. Atmospheric researchers at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) have recently published a study in Scientific Reports that demonstrates a strong connection between sea surface temperature patterns associated with the Global Warming Hiatus and changes in cyclone activity over the northwest Pacific Ocean, particularly increasing intensities in coastal regions of East Asia….


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