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James Kossin

Expert on tropical cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons, etc) and their relationship to climate and climate change

Atmospheric Scientist, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Work: 608-265-5356 Home page


  • Tropical Cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons)
  • The effect of climate variability and change on tropical cyclones
  • Hurricane intensification and eyewall replacement cycles
  • Constructing operational hurricane forecast models


  • Lead Author on climate assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), and World Meteorology Organization (WMO)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal and NOAA Administrator's Award for contributions to the International and National Climate Assessment process
  • NOAA Bronze Medal for work with the U.S. National Hurricane Center
  • Emeritus Member of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization Expert Team on Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Cyclones
  • Member of the U.S. Climate Variability and Predictability Working Groups on Hurricanes and Climate and the Changing Width of the Tropical Belt