Mobile Master Chats: Hurricanes and Climate Change

The UWM Alumni Association hosts a monthly Mobile Master Chat series, featuring UWM researchers speaking on their expertise. Two of our faculty, Profs. Paul Roebber and Clark Evans, have recently shared their expertise with the community through the Mobile Master Chat series.

In April 2020, Prof. Roebber presented, “What can COVID-19 teach us about responding to Climate Change?” We have all heard messages about social distancing, flattening the curve, and economic costs associated with societal response to COVID-19. It turns out that, aside from substantial differences in the timelines, there are many parallels between the evolution of a pandemic and that of climate change. Prof. Roebber reviews what these parallels are and what COVID-19 can teach us about climate change.

In February 2021, Prof. Evans presented, “Hurricanes 101: The Why and How, Applied to 2020.” We’ve all witnessed the incredible power of hurricanes through television reports from storm-battered areas, but how much do you really know about them? Prof. Evans shares how these incredible storms form; what fuels their powerful winds and precipitation; why they take the paths that they do; and much more, seen through the lens of the hyperactive 2020 Atlantic hurricane season!