Davidson Laboratory

The Davidson Laboratory is Stevens Institute of Technology's renowned marine research laboratory. The Laboratory operates in two primary areas: marine monitoring and forecasting and experimental marine hydrodynamics (ship design and evaluation).

Urban Ocean Physics and Coastal Engineering

The Davidson Laboratory created and maintains the New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS), a vital forecasting resource for emergency preparedness in the metro New York City area and coastal New Jersey. In October 2012, the Laboratory's Hurricane Sandy predictions proved accurate and vital, attracting the attention of CNN, The Weather Channel and other national media. Davidson Lab experts also create innovative infrastructure and coastline rebuilding solutions and assess the effectiveness of municipal shore protection initiatives, beach erosion mitigation plans and zoning laws to prepare for future natural disasters.

Experimental Marine Hydrodynamics

For more than 80 years the Davidson Laboratory has conducted physical experiments on marine craft and marine and coastal structures to determine how they interact with their environment. The Laboratory was at the forefront of the combination of numerical and computational experimentation, and Stevens remains at the forefront of expertise and excellence in physical and numerical hydrodynamic modeling. The Lab's unique facilities and special expertise are utilized daily by marine, aerospace and defense industry leaders, federal and municipal agencies, and a host of private and academic research groups both within and outside Stevens.

Learn more about the exciting research Davidson Laboratory is conducting:

Dr. Alan BlumbergNew York City Hurricane Threat Assessment
Researchers funded by NASA collaborate to quantify the effect of storm surges and climate-change on both sea level and rainfall in NYC neighborhoods.


Dr. Philip OrtonProtecting Coastal Cities from Floods
Funded by NOAA, Stevens and Columbia partner with local officials in New York City and Boston to minimize the damage from severe weather and rising sea levels.


Dr. Alan Blumberg Online Storm Surge Risk Analysis
NYSERDA has commissioned a customized Web application that merges flooding data into a single model that aids public officials, resources managers and the public in assessing the risks to their community.