Professor Kerry Emanuel

Research Advisor

Professor Emanuel is advising Integral ILS on our view of tropical cyclone risk.

Professor Emanuel is a world leader in tropical cyclone research. His research group is focused on the physics of tropical cyclones as well as links between global climate and tropical cyclone activity.




Other research activities include research on tropical cyclone genesis, environmental control of tropical cyclone intensity, the role of cumulus convection in regulating atmospheric water vapor and clouds, and the development of new techniques for assimilating nonlinear coherent structures into numerical models.


  • BS, Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT, 1976
  • PhD, Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978

Courses taught:

  • Quasi-balanced Circulations in Oceans and Atmospheres (12.803) [Graduate]
  • Tropical Meteorology (12.811) [Graduate]
  • Climate Physics and Chemistry (12.842) [Graduate]
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Modeling (12.950) [Graduate]
  • Past and Present Climate (12.301) [This course is no longer available}

Selected publications:

  • Lin, N., K. Emanuel, M. Oppenheimer and E. Vanmarcke, 2012: Physically based assessment of hurricane surge threat under climate change, Nature Climate Change, 6: 462-7
  • Emanuel, K., 2008: The Hurricane-Climate Connection, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89(5), ES10-ES20
  • Korty, R.L., K.A. Emanuel and J.R. Scott, 2008: Tropical Cyclone-Induced Upper-Ocean Mixing and Climate: Application to Equitable Climates, Journal of Climate, 21(4): 638-654
  • Emanuel, K., R. Sundararajan, and J. Williams, 2008: Hurricanes and global warming: Results from downscaling IPCC AR4 simulations, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89(3): 347-367
  • Emanuel, K., 2007: What We Know About Climate Change, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 96 p.
  • Emanuel, K., 2007: Environmental factors affecting tropical cyclone power dissipation, Journal of Climate, 20(22): 5497-5509
  • Emanuel, K., 2006: Hurricanes: Tempests in a greenhouse, Physics Today, 59: 74-75
  • Emanuel, K.A., 2005: Divine Wind: The history and science of hurricanes, Oxford University Press, New York, 304 pp.
  • Boos, W.R., J.R. Scott and K.A. Emanuel, 2004: Transient diapycnal mixing and the meridional overturning circulation, J. of Physical Oceanography, 34: 334-341
  • Emanuel, K., 2003: Tropical Cyclones, Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 31: 75-104

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