Talks & Lectures
25 Mar 2020
Altorfer 501

Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Changing the Game for Flood Risk Mitigation

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Alan Blumberg

by Alan Blumberg, Co-Founder, Jupiter Intelligence


Governments, asset owners, and water resource managers need a better, clearer understanding of climate-change-related risk to assess the probable impacts of multiple perils. These perils may be water-related like storm surge, sea-level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought as well as other perils that impact critical infrastructure, including extreme heat and cold, wind, wildfires, snow and hail. Large enterprises are now adopting advanced climate risk modeling of impacts to their critical infrastructure. Here we will understand the force of water – hydrodynamics – where the uniqueness of the urban ocean, and the influence and impact of temporal and spatial variations, ranging from seasonal to millennial, are key, and will understand the force of the city – urban design – where the influence and impact of human interactions, e.g., through land degradation, river management, and other anthropogenic activities, dominate. As will be discussed, technology and data are changing the game in climate risk management and this in turn can change the game in flood risk mitigation.


Dr. Blumberg is an urban oceanographer who studies the interaction between cities and their offshore coastal waters. He is a co-founder of Jupiter, a two-year old startup company that predicts the probable impacts of climate-change-driven perils on people, property and the environment. Jupiter is based in Silicon Valley, the heart of the innovation economy and a magnet for world-class talent. For 15 years, he was George Meade Bond Professor of Ocean Engineering and Director of the Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology. A fellow of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Dr. Blumberg is the author of more than 160 journal articles. He received a doctorate in ocean physics from The Johns Hopkins University and did post-doctoral work with Princeton University in their Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Zoom.

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