In this edition of the Perpetual Notion Machine, PNM’s Kai Brito follows up his report from last month on hurricanes and public health that aired Sept. 14. Tonight, he explores the nature of super hurricanes and how coastal wetlands can help mitigate storm surge and rainfall. First, Kai talks with Derrick Herndon, Assistant Researcher at UW-Madison’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) about whether the latest hurricanes have intensified in strength from average hurricanes and whether climate change had an impact. Next, Kai talks with Jeff Masters, Director of Meteorology at Weather Underground about the value of coastal wetlands. And finally, Kai talks with Siddharth Narayan, Post Doc. Fellow in ocean sciences at U. of California-Santa Cruz, who recently published a study about how coastal wetlands have reduce flood damage in the Northeast. To read more about the study, click here.
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