Research Areas

hurricane hub

Our school’s interdisciplinary research areas help to investigate hurricane formation, structure, development, track, and forecasting complimenting a special interest on socio-economic impacts and policy.

Research topics include:


  • Ensemble forecasting
  • Predictability and data assimilation
  • Tropical cyclone genesis
  • Tropical cyclone structure and dynamics

Observational and Laboratory Experiments

  • Air-sea interaction
  • Upper ocean and wave dynamics
    • SUSTAIN: SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction Facility
    • UODL: Upper Ocean Dynamics Laboratory
  • Future targeted observing systems
  • Remote sensing
    • CSTARS: Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing


  • Tropical cyclones and climate change
  • Tropical climate and variability

Society and Policy

  • Societal and economic impacts
  • Environmental policy

RSMAS is ideally situated for the study of hurricanes through its location on Virginia Key in Miami. The hurricane research groups at RSMAS benefit from close collaborations with neighboring facilities including Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS), Hurricane Research Division (HRD), and National Hurricane Center (NHC), as well as more remote facilities such as Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), , Naval Research Lab - Monterey (NRL-MRY), Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).