Study highlights growing threat of intense tropical cyclones hitting East Asia

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Posted January 16, 2014

The intensity of tropical cyclones hitting East Asia has significantly increased over the past 30 years, according to a new study published today.

Study highlights growing threat of intense tropical cyclones hitting East Asia

The coastlines of China, Korea and Japan in particular have experienced increasingly stronger cyclones, which the researchers have attributed to increasing sea surface temperatures and a change in atmospheric circulation patterns over the coastal seas.

According to the study, the changes in sea surface temperature and wind flows meant that cyclones were more likely to track along coastal seas from the South China Sea upwards, meaning that by the time the cyclones hit the north-east coast of Asia they had gathered more energy than usual and were at their maximum intensity.

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