Lightship Lecture held in New York harbor

In a post-Sandy world, regional solutions are important contributions to national priorities, according to Commander Russ Bowman of the US Coast Guard Academy, who spoke at a Lightship Lecture in September, 2016. The lecture More »

The case for action

As hurricane season arrives, the elements of disaster are once again converging. Bigger storms, fed by rising seas, are slamming up against America’s aging coastal infrastructure. This was evident in the aftermath More »

Working with America's Wetland Foundation

NICHI is represented at a recent Leadership Forum held by America’s Wetland Foundation and moderated by Val Marmillion at the Tobasco Headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana.   More »

Southeast climate summit

Leading scientists and policy analysts, incluiding NICHI director Bill Golden, discussed Florida’s policy and engineering options in the face of rising sea levels at the Southeast Florida Climate Change Summit in Miami. According to the More »

Rising seas conference

NYC City Councillor Donovan Richards (left) makes a point at the  NYC Rising Seas Conference with NICHI Executive Director William Golden (right) and others looking on.   NICHI cosponsored with the Association of More »

NICHI seeks better storm protection


Design concept for the NYC Outer Harbor Gateway Storm Barrier.

With the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching on October 29, 2016, the National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure believes that the failure to seriously consider regional options such as a regional NY-NJ moveable surge barrier could have far reaching national policy implications regarding our national coastal resiliency.

 The issue is particularly important since the Army Corps of Engineers is currently initiating a study of regional options, but has not yet indicated whether movable regional surge barriers would be included as a specific option to be studied within the scope of this program.

Also, it should be noted that NYC and other metropolitan NY-NJ  coastal communities in the metropolitan area are now actively pursuing the design and construction of highly localized barrier systems that would leave unprotected large dense, often poor, urban populations, critical infrastructure and high value economic assets.  

Lightship Lecture held in New York harbor

In a post-Sandy world, regional solutions are important contributions to national priorities, according to Commander Russ Bowman of the US Coast Guard Academy, who spoke at a Lightship Lecture in September, 2016.

The lecture was entitled “Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Storms and Aging Infrastructure,” and was held Monday, September 26, 2016 on the Nantucket Lightship at Pier 6 in Brooklyn, NY.

NJ – NY storm surge group formed

Mission Statement

The Metro NY-NJ Storm Surge Working Group on is an affiliation of professionals dedicated to the premise that the future protection of the greater Metropolitan Region against catastrophic flooding from ocean storm surges, climate change and rising sea levels can only be secured by a regional approach that transcends geographical and political boundaries. The region of consideration includes New York City, northern New Jersey, the lower Hudson River Valley and south-western Long Island. These interconnected regions are all especially vulnerable due to their low elevations above sea level, their densely developed urban infrastructure and the large populations at risk.

Military mission and sea level rise

A September, 2016 report concludes that sea level rise at coastal military installations will present serious risks to military readiness, operations and strategy.  The report, Military Expert Panel Report: Sea Level Rise and the U.S. Military’s Mission, is available from the Center for Climate and Security.

“For the United States to remain strong and ready, we must ensure that our military and federal first responder capabilities can withstand and adapt to sea level rise,” said Vice Admiral Rob Parker, U.S. Coast Guard (ret). “There isn’t a region in the world where rising seas don’t affect our military readiness and operations, and complicate our ability to do our job.  For our Coast Guard this is particularly true as they are embedded in the communities they serve and doubly impacted at home and at work.”

Infrastructure spending

Bloomberg View, Sept. 16, has a terrific article on infrastructure spending:

The big guns are coming out in the battle over infrastructure spending. Larry Summers, a celebrated Harvard economist and veteran policy adviser, has a new article making the case for spending more. Ed Glaeser, a brilliant and versatile colleague of Summers’ who studies urban economics, has an article making the opposite case.

New England Coastal Resiliency Leaders


Washington DC Faces Subsidence and Sea Level Rise: Study

A new study has confirmed that the ground beneath the Chesapeake Bay is sinking, and models that the Washington, DC area is likely to subside at least six inches over the next 100 years.

The study authors point out that the subsiding land will significantly worsen the flooding the region faces from rising ocean waters due to global warming and melting ice sheets. The news confirming the rate of land sinking due to geological processes means that rising seas are a much greater threat to the region’s roads, wildlife refuges and military bases than had been previously anticipated.

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Rising Sea Levels Could Decimate Sea Turtle Nests

Rising sea levels could decimate sea turtle nesting sites around the world, scientists have warned, with the largest rookery site for green turtles increasingly at risk from being swamped by seawater.

Researchers have tested the impact of seawater upon turtle eggs in an attempt to find out why so few hatchlings were emerging on Raine Island, on the fringes of the Great Barrier Reef.

Raine Island is a remote coral cay that acts as the world’s largest nesting site for green turtles – as many as 100,000 female turtles can lay eggs in the sand each summer.

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India Lost 250 Sq Km to Rising Seas in 15 Years

A total of 250.21 sq km along India’s coast was lost over 15 years because of the rising sea level, according to a study by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Central Water Commission (CWC).

A team of 10 scientists from the Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad — a key unit of ISRO — and the CWC under the water resources ministry studied changes along the country’s 8,414km shoreline, including those of islands such as Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep.

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Sea Levels Might Be Rising Much Faster Than Expected. What Should New York Do to Avoid Being Swamped?

When climate scientist James Hansen informed the world this week that the seas could rise much faster than conventional wisdom conceived, his predictions conjured apocalyptic images of submerged coastal cities and waters lapping at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The current international target of containing global warming to a two-degree (Celsius) rise in average atmospheric temperature would be “highly dangerous,” he and 16 colleagues warn in a paper that was controversial even before its publication. Even modest warming might cause sea levels to rise ten feet in coming decades, three times the accepted maximum.

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