Paleotempestology of the Caribbean region: a multi-proxy, multi-site study of the spatial and temporal variability of Caribbean hurricane activity
Research sitesGoogle Earth image of Laguna Bailen, a coastal lagoon in Cuba cored for our paleotempestology study; scale bar is 1 km (photo credit: M. Peros)A sediment core taken from a coastal lagoon in Sian Kaan, Mexico, containing a clastic layer probably deposited by a hurricane (photo credit: J. Donnelly)
The pan-Caribbean region, which includes Central America, the Caribbean islands, and the U.S. Gulf coast, is one of the most hurricane-ridden regions of the world. In spite of the enormous damage they often inflict when making landfall, it is poorly understood how they form and why they chose certain pathways. This project analyzes the variability of Caribbean hurricane activity using paleotempestology, the study of past cyclones, by analyzing ‘proxy data’ - coastal lagoon sediments, isotopic records from stalagmites, tree-rings, and corals.
Kam-biu Liu - kliu1_AT_lsu.edu
Louisiana State University, Dept. of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (USA)
Nina Lam (Louisiana State University, USA), Amy Frappier (Skidmore College, USA), Claudia Mora (University of New Mexico, USA), Jeff Donnelly (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), Tom Webb III (Brown University, USA), Anne Cohen (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), Sam Bentley (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada), Matthew Peros (University of Ottawa, Canada), Joe Desloges (University of Toronto, Canada), Jorge Sanchez-Sesma (IMTA, Mexico), Jorge Amador (University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica), Eric Alfaro (University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
List of publications: http://iaibr1.iai.int/bs?publications/CRN2050.pdf