Lead Author

Dr. Philip Orton (emailhomepage) is a research scientist at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.  He holds a PhD in physical oceanography from Columbia University and a MS in marine science from the University of South Carolina.  His newest research examines the threat of flooding from storm surges, rainfall and sea level rise around the tri-state area with a particular focus on New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has recently been serving as a coastal adaptation adviser on the NYC Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resilience, as well as on the New York City Panel on Climate Change (2013).  In nearly 20 years doing science research, he has studied air-sea interaction, turbulent mixing, sediment transport, carbon dioxide and ocean acidification, and relationships between fish, climate and ocean physics.  Many people are surprised an oceanographer would thrive in New York City, but Philip finds it to be an ideal location.

Contributing Authors

Dr. Julie Pullen is Director of the Maritime Security Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology.  She uses high-resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling in order to understand and forecast the dynamics of coastal urban regions throughout the world.  Her research experience encompasses study of the Mediterranean, U.S. east and west coasts and Pacific island regions, with a particular emphasis on predicting chemical, biological, and radiological (CBR) dispersion in coastal cities.  She was a principal investigator on a Department of Homeland Security grant to improve prediction of CBR dispersion in New York City by integrating multi-scale modeling of air, sea, and buildings.  Additionally, Dr. Pullen was a member of the management team for the midtown Manhattan 2005 Urban Dispersion Program tracer release study, the largest of its kind in the U. S.  Read more…

Dr. Michael Bruno is Dean of the School of Engineering and Science, and Professor of Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the Director of the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce and Coastal Environments (CSR), a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence. His research and teaching interests include ocean observation systems, maritime security, and coastal ocean dynamics. He is the author of more than 100 technical publications in various aspects of the field.  Read more…

Alan Cohn is the Director of Climate Change Planning for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  In this position, he works with scientists and engineers to understand how regional projections of climate change may affect the City’s drinking water supply, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment.  He interacts with New York City government and water utilities across the nation to develop specific needs for climate change research and decision-making tools for adapting water resource operations and infrastructure to climate change effects.  He has also been involved in New York City waterfront planning efforts, analyses of green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management, and enhancing educational efforts associated with water quality and climate change.  Alan specializes in environmental science, environmental policy, sustainability, climate change, stormwater management, green infrastructure, wastewater treatment, waterfront planning, and sea level rise.