Storm Surge Barrier Recognized As Regional Solution

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority sponsor Storm Surge Working Group Coastal Resiliency Boat Tour   Boat Tour Media Coverage: City isn’t prepared for next Sandy, leaders pushing storm surge barrier say (AM New York, October 11) Making a Pitch, Again, for Barriers to Block Storm Surges (New York More »

Coastal Resiliency and Storm Surge Barrier Boat Tour: October 10

Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of Super Storm Sandy Presented by: The NY NJ Metropolitan Storm Surge Working Group The National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure Departing Chelsea Piers aboard the Classic Harbor Lines Yacht “Manhattan II” Pier 62, West 22nd & the Hudson River Tuesday, October 10, 2017  10:30 am – 12:30 pm Join us as Scientists, More »

Conference Brief: Protecting New York and New Jersey from Future Disastrous Storm Surges

 Protecting New York and New Jersey from Future Disastrous Storm Surges Conference Brief 2017-05-18 Metropolitan NY-NJ Storm Surge Working Group National Institute for Coastal & Harbor Infrastructure [1] Frontispiece: flooding map resulting from Super Storm Sandy, 29 October 2012 [2]  (courtesy WNYC) I. Background  The World Economic Forum has declared that the largest threat to More »

Lightship Lecture in NY 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.

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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James Hansen: ‘Emergency Cooperation Among Nations’ is Needed to Prevent Catastrophic Sea Level Rise

If a new scientific paper is proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent catastrophic melting of ice sheets that would raise sea levels much higher and much faster than previously thought possible.

According to the new study—which has not yet been peer-reviewed, but was written by former NASA scientist James Hansen and 16 other prominent climate researchers—current predictions about the catastrophic impacts of global warming, the melting of vast ice sheets and sea level rise do not take into account the feedback loop implications of what will occur if large sections of Greenland and the Antarctic are consumed by the world’s oceans.

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Dire Climate Warning Raises Questions, Not Answers

NASA’s former climate chief has issued a stark new study that finds that the world’s current climate goal could be inadequate and may not prevent catastrophic losses from rising seas, ocean temperatures and changes in global weather. But the extreme nature of his projections has some scientists questioning the methods he used and the results he reached.

Global leaders and scientists have agreed that keeping global warming to within 2°C of pre-industrial temperatures represents a safe level of climate change. The new findings, published as a discussion paper in the European Geophysical Union’s Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics journal, indicate something else. They show that 2°C of warming could lead to runaway ice melt at the poles, causing sea level rise and ocean circulation changes by 2100 that are much more extreme than most current projections.

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South Florida Scientists Fear Mass Exodus as Sea Level Rise Worsens

As our seas continue to rise, some cities, like Miami, are planning to spend billions on revamping infrastructure. But some scientists say sea level rise will lead to another phenomenon in South Florida, and local leaders need to start preparing for it now.

The region that’s home to thousands of high-priced homes nestled against the water is expected to be threatened directly by the rising seas in the coming decades, and when the harsh reality sets in, a mass exodus could commence. That’s the warning some scientists are giving to authorities, the Globe and Mail reported.

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