In this talk I will summarize some recent and current research on tropical cyclones being
conducted by my research group and some colleagues. The theme of this research seeks to
develop a basic understanding of the role of coherent wave and vortex structures in the formation,
intensification and mature evolution of hurricanes. In this talk I will highlight some important
vortex dynamical processes that arise during the cyclogenesis, rapid intensification and mature
phases of the hurricane lifecycle.
The research on rapid intensification is a collaborative project with Roger Smith (Univ. Munich)
and his Ph.D. student Sang Nguyen (Univ. Munich).