Alan Blumberg specializes in oceanography, predictive modeling and ocean physics.
He is the founder of the New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS), which was established to permit an assessment of ocean, weather, environmental and vessel traffic conditions throughout the New York Harbor region.
His research is directed towards understanding and predicting the flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the oceans. It has contributed to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations and as a basis for maritime security. His latest work is to understand and predict the impacts of extreme climate-driven events on urban coasts and to create innovative adaptations to protect people and property – a new discipline called adaptative engineering.
In partnership, Blumberg developed general numerical models such as the Princeton Ocean Model (POM) and its shallow water derivative, the Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Model (ECOM), which have been adapted by more than 3,000 research groups throughout the world. He also proposed hurricane prevention methods that could reduce a storm’s intensity by an entire category through a reduction in ocean temperature.
Blumberg is a member of several professional societies including the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, Estuarine Research Federation, and Oceanography Society. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and recognized as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist by the Naval Oceanographic Office.
Areas of Expertise
Ocean observing and forecasting Predicting the circulation in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the coastal ocean Evaluation of engineering alternatives for saving lives and protecting property along urbanized coasts Solving problems associated with beach erosion, dredging, environmental management, marine construction and offshore structures, and wastewater and thermal outfalls Particular focus on the Hudson River and other bodies of water around New York and New Jersey