Port Authority of NY-NJ
For over 90 years, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has kept the region's commuters, travelers and global shippers moving.
Never before have researchers been faced with a more urgent need to prepare coastal communities for extreme weather events that produce intense storm surges, conditions that lead to powerful surface waves, monsoon rains and ever-increasing sea levels.
These catastrophic events affect not only U.S. citizens, but also the 136 port cities around the world that have more than one million inhabitants, a total population of 400 million. The world’s poor are most at risk, because they settle in and build on the least expensive land, which is prone to flooding, storms and landslides.
With such a large percentage of the global population now at risk, those who engage in solving critical problems within the built environment must now focus on feasible, imminent actions to positively influence societal responses and support community resilience.
Design a curriculum to teach students and professionals of diverse backgrounds the necessary data analysis and scientific methods to make resilience in their communities a reality
Quantify the interdependency between cities and nature, especially because the paradigm goes contrary to centuries of tradition and law that posited nature as separate from humankind.
Contribute to a better understanding of the urban coastal region’s vulnerabilities, strengths, and interdependencies.
Understand the temporal and spatial variability of key atmospheric and coastal ocean parameters.
Address the specific questions about how cities and the coastal ocean environment will interact in the face of climate change.
Develop a set of “best management practices” including measures of uncertainty to guide decision making and action.
Create multi-scale visualization tools, that integrate climate, hydro-meteorological information, geophysical, ecological, land use, and socio-economic factors enhancing the sustainability of engineered systems.
Ignite creativity, innovation, and new avenues of scholarship and translate that perspective into educational achievement.