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Hurricane Prevention Research

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Uploaded on Aug 17, 2009

A newscast by CBS Eyewitness news highlights the devastation hurricanes bring to coastal communities. Professor Blumberg of Stevens Institute of Technology is conducting research with the goal of reducing hurricane intensity by cooling surface air.

According to Professor Blumberg, Lowering the surface temperate even a few degrees can reduce hurricane intensity by an entire category. Working in a 300 foot wave pool at Stevens to conduct scale research, this method involves dropping thousands of pipes as much as 500 feet deep in the path of the hurricane out at sea. The movement of the waves will bring this deep, cool ocean water to the surface and reduce the temperate by several degrees.

This procedure could reduce the category intensity of a hurricane, save coastal communities and thousands of lives in the process.

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