More tropical cyclones in the future

Tropical cyclones are one of the natural disasters that cause the greatest damage. New studies by a research group at the University of Gothenburg and researchers from the USA predict that the number of cyclones in the region around the Mekong River in South-East Asia will rise.

“Cyclones cause death and the destruction of buildings and property, and their intensity is a determinative factor for the huge losses resulting from this type of tropical storm,” says Deliang Chen, Professor of Physical Meteorology and a member of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The researchers’ studies indicate that the number of tropical cyclones in the western part of the northern Pacific Ocean will rise in the future due to global heating during the 2000s.