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Discover Stevens: Urban and Coastal Resilience


Researchers in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering in the Charles, V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens Institute of Technology are exploring the leading frontiers of urban and coastal resilience to help make the lives of those living in coastal cities safer from climate change and sea level rise.

Our researchers are developing new techniques and applying the latest technologies to quantify the cost of climate change, enhance flood prediction, and provide earlier warnings for those in harm's way. Discover just a few of them below.



At Stevens, we embrace technology as a central part of our research, academics, culture, and campus. Our tech-driven research enterprise is home to these cross-disciplinary centers and state-of-the-art facilities focused on research related to urban and coastal resilience.

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Davidson Laboratory

Davidson Laboratory is Stevens Institute of Technology's renowned marine research laboratory that uniquely integrates the fields of naval architecture, coastal and ocean engineering, physical oceanography, marine hydrodynamics and maritime systems to create a trans-disciplinary enterprise that can address both the highly specialized issues confronting each discipline, as well as the more complex, integrated issues facing natural systems and human-made maritime activities.

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Stevens Flood Advisory System

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.


New York Harbor Observing and Prediction System

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.


The educational experience in all of our more than 150 graduate programs is designed to imbue graduates with the mindset, skills, and abilities needed to stay relevant in a rapidly-evolving technological and professional landscape. The following programs prepare graduates for fields that develop and apply the latest technologies in urban and coastal resilience engineering and flood forecasting.

How do we deal with the 10% of the city that is likely to begin flooding more regularly over the coming century? That's the big challenge.
Philip OrtonResearch Associate Professor
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A Nature Communications paper, co-authored by Stevens researcher Philip Orton, quantifies the costs of losses attributed to climate change-related sea level rise, offering insights into the financial implications from Hurricane Sandy, and future storms


Join a growing research community where scholars, leaders, students, and partners meet, join forces, share ideas, and pursue progress. The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science offers a complete STEM package: engineering and science under one roof means new, unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

More Research Highlights

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Professor Marouane Temimi builds a tool that combines remote sensing and hydraulic modeling to enhance water supply and reservoir management.