On October 29, 2013, Stevens Institute of Technology marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by hosting a panel discussion focused on lessons-learned for bolstering infrastructure resilience and the path toward more resilient urban coastal communities. Moderated by Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean, Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science, the panel included Captain Gordon Loebl, USCG Commander of Sector New York, Dr. Holly Bamford, Assistant Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Alan Blumberg, Director Davidson Laboratory, Stevens Institute, Dr. Stephen Flynn, Co-Director, George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, and Mr. Joseph Seebode, Deputy District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
During the discussion, Captain Loebl credited early weather forecasts and storm surge warnings, together with Sector New York's pre-planning efforts and on-going communications with its port partners, as key features to the Coast Guard's ability to resume port operations just one week following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy to the New York/New Jersey region. Dr. Stephen Flynn, author and recognized leader in resilience studies, called for the need to safeguard our coasts through infrastructure investments, technology upgrades, operational improvements, improved collaboration and cooperation, and enhanced research and data, and Dr. Alan Blumberg, discussed Davidson Laboratory's new storm-threat assessment and storm surge impact models, that were created to animate the street-by-street flooding in Hoboken, NJ, as Sandy approached, struck and retreated. Validated by real-time photos of flood levels in Hoboken during Sandy, the animation can be used to predict how much water and where it will flood, in a way that is easy to communicate to emergency responders and the public.
The Hoboken: One Year After Sandy event was held as part of Stevens research efforts to advance storm prediction, coastal adaptation and infrastructure resilience. To read more about the panel and the panelists suggestions for bolstering infrastructure resilience, please click here: Lessons-learned about Preparedness, Resiliency and Community.