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Last millennium hurricane activity linked to endogenous climate variability
Jan. 27, 2024

Due to short instrumental record that limits our understanding of hurricane activity and its relationship to climate, we extend the record to the last millennium using two independent estimates: a reconstruction from sedimentary paleohurricane records and a statistical model of hurricane activity using sea surface temperatures (SSTs).

It was the hottest summer on record, how can we change the climate crisis?
Sept. 6, 2023
Written by KCBC Radio: On-Demand

KCBS Radio hosts Margie Shafer and Eric Thomas spoke with Gabriel Vecchi, Geosciences professor and Director of the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton on his assessment on this summer being the officially hottest on record. (AUDIO 1:32-17:38)

Prof. Gabriel Vecchi has been selected as a 2024 American Meteorological Society Fellow
Sept. 5, 2023
Written by The Department of Geosciences

Director of the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and Professor of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute Gabriel Vecchi, has been selected as a 2024 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Fellow. The AMS recognizes outstanding leaders in the weather, water, and climate communities at their…

Florida hurricane Idalia intensifies rapidly
Aug. 29, 2023
Written by Marco Werman

The World's Marco Werman spoke with Gabriel Vecchi, a climate scientist at Princeton University, about the reasons behind the intensification and how this is becoming much more common. (05:41 Audio)

Q&A: Geosciences Professor Gabriel Vecchi on Extreme Heat
Aug. 2, 2023
Written by Carlett Spike, Princeton Alumni Weekly

So, is extreme heat the new normal? Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and director of the High Meadows Environmental Institute, spoke with Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) about what’s causing the heat, advice for coping with the weather, and the actions people need to take now to make a difference. 

Heat Records Are Broken Around the Globe as Earth Warms, Fast
July 6, 2023
Written by Brad Plumer and Elena Shao, The New York Times

The past three days were quite likely the hottest in Earth’s modern history, scientists said on Thursday, as an astonishing surge of heat across the globe continued to shatter temperature records from North America to Antarctica.

The world’s oceans are extremely hot. We’re about to find out what happens next.
June 19, 2023
Written by Umair Irfan, Vox Climate Science

Unprecedented Atlantic Ocean heating and El Niño in the Pacific are pushing the climate into uncharted territory.

Congratulations to Grace Liu ’23 on receiving a 2023 Princeton Research Day Award
May 12, 2023
Written by Georgette Chalker, The Department of Geosciences

Grace Liu ’23, a student of Geosciences and Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Humanities, has been awarded a Princeton University Library (PUL) Award at Princeton Research Day.

India’s deadly heatwaves are getting even hotter
April 2, 2023
Written by The Economist

The consequences of climate change will be horrific for the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Prof. Gabe Vecchi quoted.

Viral Tweet Misrepresents NOAA Report on Rising Global Temperature
Jan. 27, 2023
Written by Saranac Hale Spencer

The warming trend in global temperature continued in 2022, which was the sixth-warmest year on record, according to a recent report from the NOAA. But a viral tweet — using just a small segment of a NOAA graph — wrongly claimed the agency had announced a “global cooling” trend. Professor of geosciences Gabriel Vecchi explains fluctuations in the climate graph.

Modeling Earth’s future: Princeton researchers project a planet affected by climate change
Dec. 13, 2022
Written by High Meadows Environmental Institute

The work of climate modelers informs public policy and influences strategies for mitigating risks and adapting to change.

Hurricanes: An Eye on the Future
Nov. 22, 2022

Gabriel Vecchi speaks in the "Eye Towards the Sky" AMS lecture series on November 18th in Boston.

Misleading claims downplay climate change’s effect on hurricanes
Oct. 6, 2022
Written by Philip Marcelo, AP News

CLAIM: Climate change isn’t real because hurricanes in Florida and across the U.S. haven’t increased in frequency, intensity or landfall in more than a century.


CBS News: Climate change making hurricanes more intense
Sept. 30, 2022
Written by CBS News

As climate change progresses, reports show it makes hurricanes more destructive and intense. Gabriel Vecchi, a geoscience professor, director of The High Meadows Environmental Institute and deputy director of the Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System at Princeton University, joins "CBS News Mornings" to…

Newsy Evening Debrief: How climate change fuels monster storms
Sept. 29, 2022
Written by Newsy

It took less than 3 hours for Hurricane Ian to strengthen from a Category 3 to a Category 4 and was almost a Cat 5 when it made landfall and scientists are warning storms are going to become more frequent and more intense in the years to come. The question is why? Professor of geosciences…

How climate change is making storms such as Hurricane Ian stronger
Sept. 29, 2022
Written by NPR Morning Edition

Hurricane Ian and Typhoon Noru strengthened quickly before landfall. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Princeton University professor Gabriel Vecchi about climate-fueled intensification. (4-Minute Listen)

Rapidly intensifying hurricanes hitting US on the rise
Sept. 26, 2022
Written by AccuWeather's Climate Central

AccuWeather's Climate Central speak with Princeton climate scientist Prof. Gabe Vecchi, and other climate experts, about warmer oceans that led to more tropical systems that rapidly intensify and cause more damage along America's coastline.

World Weather Attribution Study: Climate change made UK heat wave hotter, more likely
July 29, 2022
Written by World Weather Attribution (WWA )

In addition to spurring people to cut greenhouse gas emissions, study co-author Gabe Vecchi, said, "this heat wave and heat waves like it should be a reminder that we have to adapt to a warmer world. We are not living in our parents’ world anymore.”