In recent decades, tropical storms have caused enormous damage, with the worst being hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. These claimed the lives of countless people and cost around US$220 billion. Although predicting these types of hurricanes has proved very difficult up until now, researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) in collaboration with the University of Southampton and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) believe they have found a way to improve this situation. Their findings have been published on the Scientific Data website.

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Author profile picture Maurits Kuypers graduated as a macroeconomist from the University of Amsterdam, specialising in international work. He has been active as a journalist since 1997, first for 10 years on the editorial staff of Het Financieele Dagblad in Amsterdam, then as a freelance correspondent in Berlin and Central Europe. When it comes to technological innovations, he always has an eye for the financial feasibility of a project.