and impact a significant portion of the world's population. A major
problem, that has been well recognized, is the potential for
increased vulnerability of coastal areas in a warmer climate.
Since the large scale environment exerts a strong control over
TC development, it is of particular importance to assess the
changes in the environmental factors as predicted by climate
In this study, data from a suite of coupled climate models spanning
several scenarios are analyzed and spatio-temporal patterns of
environmental conditions of importance to TC development are
examined. The model outputs are compared and contrasted in order
to ascertain the range of predicted changes. Both, common elements
and model-to-model discrepancies are studied in order to assess
the potential skill and uncertainty in predictions for TC activity
in a future climate.