About Davidson Laboratory
Stevens' renowned marine research laboratory operates in three primary areas: marine monitoring and forecasting, marine energy, and experimental marine hydrodynamics (ship design and evaluation).
We devise globally-applicable solutions to critical infrastructure and urban systems problems in and around New York Harbor. Our resilience projects are designed to change the status quo.
Davidson Laboratory has a long tradition of collaborative research endeavors between students, faculty and industry that create new technologies to address societal and environmental challenges.
Urban Ocean Observatory Forecasting Systems
Davidson Laboratory is home to the Urban Ocean Observatory, which hosts state-of-the-art forecasting and flood advisory systems for the New York and New Jersey area.
The Stevens Flood Advisory System provides both real-time water level and forecasted water levels for 150 locations ranging from Delaware Bay north to Maine. For each location for provide present real-time water levels for observing stations (run by NOS, USGS and the PANYNJ), and forecasts water level and flooding for the ensuing four and half days. The water level and flood forecasts utilize the NYHOPS hydrological model and incorporate meteorological forecasts from the GFS, NAM, CMC and European models. SFAS allows user registration for email notification of impending flood forecasts for user-selected stations.
The New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System provides maritime hydrological forecasts for an area centered on the New York Harbor ranging from the Delaware bay to Cape Cod. It provides bother meteorological and hydrological forecasts for 72, in support of commercial and recreational users, and includes forecasts for data such as water current speed and direction, surface temperature, and water levels.
Muhammad Hajj, Director
The Davidson Laboratory is directed by Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Chair and George Meade Bond Professor Muhammad Hajj. For inquiries about collaboration with our research contact: [email protected]
the Davidson Laboratory
For more than 80 years, the Davidson Laboratory has delivered new knowledge and advanced technologies that support forecasting for extreme weather events, coastal resilience and marine hydrodynamics. Beginning as one of the nation’s first and most renowned hydrodynamics laboratories, the Davidson Laboratory uniquely integrates the fields of naval architecture, coastal and ocean engineering, physical oceanography, marine hydrodynamics and maritime systems. The state-of-the-art facility is home to a unique, high-speed towing tank that is the world’s fastest for its size. It can support test speeds of up to 60 feet per second and generate two-foot waves. These capabilities are used to test ship hulls for resistance and seakeeping, underwater vehicles, wave and tidal energy systems, and innovative shore protection structures.