How does a river plume influence hurricanes in the Caribbean?

The answer is more complex than thought, an award-winning dissertation by a UM graduate student shows.

With Hurricane Florence rapidly intensifying as it barrels its way toward the East Coast, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has uncovered new evidence of how ocean waters impact storms. 

In her study, Johna E. Rudzin, who has devoted much of her career research to the effect ocean currents have on hurricane intensification, examines the role that a seldom-studied freshwater plume plays in strengthening a hurricane. 

Her dissertation, An Assessment of the Caribbean Sea’s Upper Ocean Influence on Air-Sea Interaction During…

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