Study: Climate change increases hurricane threat

Flow depth for an Iniki-like hurricane that made landfall on Oahu. COURTESY PHOTO

HILO — A new study by researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology indicates that as the climate changes in the coming decades, the northward shift of hurricanes toward the Hawaiian Islands will increase chances of landfall, and storm surge will pose severe flood risks to population and infrastructure along coastlines and further inland.