American Geophysical Union AMA: Hi Reddit, I’m Jill Trepanier, Assistant
Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University (LSU), here to talk
about the science and risk of hurricanes. Ask Me Anything!
I am Jill Trepanier, Assistant Professor in the Geography and
Anthropology Department at LSU. I’ve been at LSU for five years, and my
area of expertise is the understanding of hurricane risk variability. I
have been working in the area since 2007 and am fascinated with all
things extreme weather. The types of questions I ask include why do
hurricanes more frequently visit Louisiana compared to Tampa, Florida?
Are we starting to see more severe hurricanes in a warmer climate? What
changes happen to hurricanes when ocean temperatures rise? And what is
the likelihood of extreme winds and deep storm surges at locations along
a hurricane-prone coastline? Typically, I use statistics and maps to
help answer my questions. And, as a geographer, I always make sure that
the spatial element of the problem is included because, for me,
differences across space are everything! I’ll be back at 12 pm ET to
answer your questions, ask me anything! The AGU AMA series is conducted
by the Sharing Science program. Sharing Science: By scientists, for
everyone. More at sharingscience.agu.org.