Tropical cyclones are devastating low-pressure systems occurring across all tropical ocean
basins. When they make landfall, they are among the worst natural disasters in terms of
fatalities and economic loss due to the associated extreme winds, heavy precipitation, and
storm surge. Therefore, understanding the factors responsible for their formation is very important to society.
This webinar will begin with a description of the main characteristics of tropical cyclones,
focusing on the recent record-breaking cyclone Freddy in February-March 2023. We will
then discuss indicators (genesis potential indices) commonly used to link tropical cyclone
occurrence to climate variables, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, we will
discuss methods developed within the CLINT project to improve the representation of
tropical cyclone year-to-year variability.
The recorded video is available here: