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A Perfect Storm: The Collision of Hurricanes, Climate Change and Coastal Population Growth

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Meaghan Barry
401–846–4152, x 112 /

Newport, RI The Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation will co-host an evening with Jeff Donnelly, Climatologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI. Wine and cheese at 5pm in the Resource Center gallery, lecture to start at 5:45pm. Attendance is $10 per person, $5 for Newport Historical Society members and Newport Restoration Foundation tenants and military with ID. Register online at or call 401-846-0813 to secure your spot.

Hurricanes pose a significant threat to coastal populations, but the causes of changes in the frequency of hurricanes are poorly understood. Long-term historical and geological records provide potential analogs for future climate scenarios and indicate that hurricane frequency has varied significantly. Geological proxy records indicate historically unprecedented levels of intense-hurricane activity impacted the American eastern seaboard in the last two millennia. If similar levels of intense-hurricane activity were to return the results would be truly catastrophic, given the recent increase in coastal populations and infrastructure. Most modeling studies suggest that we may experience more frequent intense hurricanes in the future as the Earth warms, but the historical and geological record indicates a complex relationship between ocean warming and hurricane activity.


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Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit

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