Hurricane Irma: Resources for Journalists

September 6, 2017

Hurricane Irma, as seen on September 3, 2017. Photo: NASA

As Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean with winds up to 185 miles per hour, Lamont-Doherty experts stand ready to answer questions about hurricane physics, emergency response, recovery efforts, the role of climate change in creating strong storms, and more. Feel free to reach out to our scientists directly.  If you need help reaching someone, please contact: Kevin Krajick, | 212-854-9729 or Kyu-Young Lee, | 212-851-0798.


Adam Sobel, an atmospheric scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, heads Columbia’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. Author of a book on Hurricane Sandy, he assesses hurricanes and other extreme weather, and related social issues. | 212-854-6587

Suzana Camargo is a professor of ocean and climate physics at Lamont-Doherty. She is an expert on hurricanes and cyclones, their genesis, intensity, and their relationship to climate, from intraseasonal to centennial time scales. | 845-365-8640

Klaus Jacob, special research scientist at Lamont-Doherty, is expert in the consequences of coastal storms. An advisor to New York City on climate adaptation, he accurately predicted the flooding of the subways during Hurricane Sandy. | 845-365-8440

Radley Horton, a climate scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, does a wide variety of interdisciplinary work on the physics of storms, their interaction with climate, and the socioeconomic risk factors. He has advised New York City and the U.S. president on climate and weather risks. | 845-365-8496

Media Inquiries: 
Kevin Krajick
(212) 854-9729