Category Archives: security

Resilience Concepts Behind Living Breakwaters

I was asked by an intern at City Atlas, Travis Gonzales, to answer his well-posed questions on our winning Rebuild By Design entry, Living Breakwaters, and here is that Q&A, which I think gets addresses some important aspects of the concept. … Continue reading

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Living Growing Breakwaters and Building Community Resilience

We had great news a few weeks ago — our team was selected as a winner of the HUD Rebuild By Design competition, and New York State is being awarded $60 million to build out our project — Living, Growing Breakwaters off … Continue reading

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Winter Coastal Storms – a Dangerous Mix of Hazards

The winter storm hitting us right now is a reminder of how coastal flooding and winter storms can mix and bring a dangerous combination of hazards.  While the winds in this storm are substantially weaker (good news) than the Blizzard … Continue reading

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HUD Rebuild By Design: Plans for the Future Coast

I am honored to be part of a well-constructed, diverse-minded team for the HUD (federal Housing and Urban Development) post-Sandy “Rebuild By Design” competition, one of 10 successful teams of about 150 that applied.  The team was built and is … Continue reading

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Not a Priority: Federal Funding to Improve Flood Forecasting

Dear Dr. Orton: Thank you for your submission of the proposal [(censored) title relating to improving our Storm Surge Warning System's forecasting of storm surges] to the [(censored) federal program]. Although your proposal ranked in the top group and was … Continue reading

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Sandy’s Staten Island Flooding Deaths: A Man-Made Disaster?

Ask people how fast the water came into New York Harbor with Hurricane Sandy, or how fast it rose, and you get a wide range of answers. Many people think it was like a tsunami that came in quickly, with … Continue reading

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A Penhorn Polder Wildlife Refuge for Hoboken Flood Protection

We hear all the time how The Netherlands is a demonstration of how the New York City and New Jersey metro area can adapt to coastal flooding.  But we have very little in common with The Netherlands … they have … Continue reading

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NYC Storm Surge Evacuation Map PDF

The NYC Office of Emergency Management website is bogged down a bit already and warns of possible slowdowns.  Here’s a re-post of the hurricane storm surge flooding evacuation map, to help get it out there.  Mayor Bloomberg plans to make … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irene: Parallels with 1821?

[temporary note:  With Irene approaching our area, I'll mention that it has shown some weakening instead of strengthening on Friday, so it extremely unlikely to have a similar strength or impact to the Hurricane of 1821.  Check the latest updates … Continue reading

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Latest plume forecast for Japan

Future Japan air and water radiation plume updates will continue at a different blog site so change your bookmarks. Predicted plume dispersion over the next 36 hours (through morning of 17 March, Japan Standard Time).  Although the plume was directed … Continue reading

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