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SoMAS Reports

SoMAS News Report on Hurricane Sandy from November 5, 2012

 

From New York Sea Grant  :   New York Sea Grant's coverage of Hurricane Sandy

New York Sea Grant's archive of Superstorm Sandy coverage

 

From the Storm Surge Research Group  |   SSRG Sandy Publications

SSRG Sandy Database

Malcolm Bowman's article Superstorm Sandy - How did it happen and are we prepared for the future? - February 1, 2013

Superstorm Sandy Windspeed Animation (YouTube) MP4 Created by Hamish Bowman

Storm Surge Animation (GIF)  :   Region  |   New York Harbor Created by Hamish Bowman

Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City: Against the Deluge (paperback) by Doug Hill and Malcolm Bowman

 

From the Great South Bay Ecosystem Project

Charlie Flagg and Pilot Rich Giannotti fly over Fire Island Breaches (PDF)

Charlie Flagg gave a power point presentation on December 1, 2012 at Bellport's community center that shows how the dynamics of the Great South Bay and the ocean resulted in the formation of the breach and how the breach has affected the tides, wind driven storm surge and the salinity of the eastern end of the Bay. (PPT)

Charlie Flagg's December 14, 2012 report on the new inlet through November is available here. (PDF)

Charlie Flagg returns to the breach at Old Inlet on January 6, 2013 (PDF)

The Impact on Great South Bay of the Breach at Old Inlet on January 14, 2013 (PDF)

The Impact on Great South Bay of the Breach at Old Inlet January 31, 2013 (PDF)

The Impact on Great South Bay of the Breach at Old Inlet February 27, 2013 (PDF)

The Impact on Great South Bay of the Breach at Old Inlet March 10, 2013 (PDF)

The Impact on Great South Bay of the Breach at Old Inlet June 28, 2013 (PDF)

Old Inlet Flyover Mosaics
Jan 27 2013  |   Feb 2 2013  |   Feb 14 2013  |  

 

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2013

October 29, 2013 Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later - NOAA and Sea Grant's Response Coastal Processes & Hazards - News (New York Sea Grant)

October 29, 2013 National Geographic: Amid Superstorm Sandy's Havoc, A Win for Wildlife featuring Charlie Flagg

October 29, 2013 National Geographic: Rising Seas Coastal Processes & Hazards - News via NYSG featuring Malcolm Bowman

Rising Seas (Burn - An Energy Journal: Rising Seas) featuring Malcolm Bowman

October 29, 2013 FoxNews.com: Tech to protect against the next hurricane Sandy featuring Malcolm Bowman

October 28, 2013 Newsday: Sandy aid money to increase, says Schumer featuring Malcolm Bowman

October 28, 2013 FactCoexist.com: A Year Later, Has The East Coast Learned Anything From Hurricane Sandy? featuring Malcolm Bowman

April 26, 2013 Reuters TV: Stopping the next superstorm featuring Malcolm Bowman

March 27, 2013 Milbank Tweed Forum: Climate-Proofing New York, NYU Law School Host: Prof. Katrina Wyman featuring Malcolm Bowman

March 20, 2013 NYCity News Service: Breach creating an opinion divide featuring Charlie Flagg

March 15, 2013 LongIsland.com: The Flooding is Up & Down The East Coast - The Breach at The Old Inlet Is Not Contributing To It by Charlie Flagg

March 13, 2013 WSJ: Ocean breach off NY's Fire Island stirs debate featuring Charlie Flagg

March 1, 2013 Newsday Letter: Keep inlet open for Bay health by Chris Gobler

February 28, 2013 WNYC - The Leonard Lopate Show: Defending New York City Against Hurricanes With Barriers featuring Malcolm Bowman

February 25, 2013 Mother Jones: After Sandy, Scientists Hunt for Sewage in New York City's Harbors featuring Bruce Brownawell

February 25, 2013 NY1 Web Extra: Fighting The Tide featuring Malcolm Bowman

February 13, 2013 Nature: Natural hazards: New York vs the sea featuring Malcolm Bowman

February 7, 2013 MetropolisMag: The $5.9 Billion Question: Should coastal cities threatened by climate change build storm surge barriers? by Malcolm Bowman

February 1, 2013 UUP Insight: Superstorm Sandy - How did it happen and are we prepared for the future? by Malcolm Bowman

February 1, 2013 Newsday Editorial: Don't rush to plug Fire Island breach featuring Charlie Flagg

February 1, 2013 Newsday OpEd: Remember Long Island's lagoons in future storm planning by Larry Swanson

January 30, 2013 WNYC News: From Salt Marshes to Sea Barriers, Preparing for the Next Sandy Defense featuring Malcolm Bowman (MP3)

January 28, 2013 In These Times: Disaster Capitalism Hits New York featuring Malcolm Bowman

January 27, 2013 Newsday: Scientists study effects of superstorm Sandy featuring Charlie Flagg, Chris Gobler, Jim Ammerman and Jay Tanski

January 18, 2013 NYC Reconnects: South Ferry subway station may be closed for three years featuring Malcolm Bowman

January 17, 2013 The Villager: Board 2 hears ideas from storm surge prophets featuring Malcolm Bowman

January 10, 2013 Marketplace: NY debates expensive storm surge barrier featuring Malcolm Bowman

January 7, 2013 CNN: Science, satellites and superstorms: Preparing for the next big one featuring Malcolm Bowman

January 6, 2013 CNN Presents: The Coming Storms featuring Malcolm Bowman Clip

January 3, 2013 WSJ: Manufacturing Islands featuring Malcolm Bowman and Jay Tanski

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2012

December 14, 2012 Fort Green / Clinton Hill News: Navy Yard Still Recovering After Hurricane Sandy featuring Malcolm Bowman

December 7, 2012 WBGO Journal: Preparing For The Next Big Storm (mp3 podcast) featuring Malcolm Bowman

December 3, 2012 New Yorker: The Big Story: Gathering Storms featuring Malcolm Bowman

December 3, 2012 The Architect's Newspaper: Venice on the Hudson? featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 29, 2012 Financial Times: Climate: Storm warning featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 28, 2012 Voice of Russia Culture Report: Looking to Russian Engineering to Defeat New York's Storms featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 27, 2012 Reuters Insight: Sandy gives New York oil supply lesson featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 27, 2012 New Zealand Herald: Kiwi leading call to block sea surges featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 25, 2012 Daily News: Ike Dike plans aren't dead yet featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 25, 2012 AP/Newsday: IAfter superstorm Sandy, developers look at how to prevent future NYC surges featuring Malcolm Bowman and Larry Swanson

November 24, 2012 Travelers Today: Fire Island's Future in Question After Hurricane Sandy Leaves Destruction Behind featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 23, 2012 AP: NY's Fire Island assesses future after Sandy featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 21, 2012 Sag Harbor Express: Deconstructing Sandy featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 20, 2012 PBS: NEWSHOUR Protecting New York From Future Superstorms as Sea Levels Rise featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 20, 2012 PBS: NEWSHOUR Engineers Consider Barriers to Protect New York From Another Sandy featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

November 18, 2012 PBS: NOVA Inside the Megastorm featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 18, 2012 PBS: NOVA Inside the Megastorm featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 16, 2012 NYSG: SBU Researcher To Appear in PBS/Nova Superstorm Sandy Documentary featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 16, 2012 Stony Brook Southampton East End Lecture Series: Storm Surge from Superstorm Sandy: Causes and Impacts featuring Malcolm Bowman Additional Video

November 16, 2012 NYSG: Superstorm Sandy and the Discussion from SBU Experts that Followed featuring Malcolm Bowman and Larry Swanson

November 15, 2012 PBS: NOVA Storm Surges and New York City featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 15, 2012 New York Daily News: How Dutch innovations could prevent Sandy-type flooding in New York featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

November 15, 2012 WBNG: Cuomo Announces Commissions to Improve State's Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Withstand Natural Disasters featuring SoMAS

November 15, 2012 New Civil Engineer: Engineers lead calls for New York flood barrier featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 14, 2012 Discovery News: Time to bring back New York's Oysters featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 13, 2012 Southampton Patch: Stony Brook Professor to Discuss Sandy Storm Surge featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 13, 2012 Christian Science Monitor: How will New York keep out a rising sea? Dikes, huge sea wall, oyster beds? featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 13, 2012 CNN: Rebuilding after Sandy is too big a risk by Carl Safina

November 13, 2012 NYC Council: Quinn Presents Visionary Blueprint for New York City's Planning and Preparation in Era of Climate Change The Speech featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

November 12, 2012 LIHerald: Clearing up Sandy's confusion featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 12, 2012 Regional News Network/Richard French: After the Storm - Could All The Flooding Have Been Avoided? featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 12, 2012 New Yorker: Crossing the line featuring Brian Colle

November 12, 2012 Huffington Post: Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development Of Coast featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

November 10, 2012 New Scientist: Protecting New York City from the next big storm (login required) featuring Brian Colle and the Storm Surge Research Group Article Full Text  Editorial

November 9, 2012 Bloomberg: Billions on Flood Barriers Now Might Save New York City featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 8, 2012 East Hampton Star: Experts Renew Calls for Strategic Retreat featuring Carl Safina

November 8, 2012 On Point: Sea Walls featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 7, 2012 NYT: Weighing Sea Barriers as Protection for New York featuring Brian Colle

November 6, 2012 NYT Green Blog: The Big Barrier Question featuring Brian Colle and the Storm Surge Research Group

November 6, 2012 Nature: Hurricane sweeps US into climate-adaptation debate featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 6, 2012 Yale E360: Battered New York City Looks For Ways to Hold Back the Sea featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 6, 2012 Salon: Sandy recovery: Walls won't stop superstorms featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 5, 2012 E&T: Engineers warned New York City about Sandy-style flood threat featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

November 5, 2012 Scientific American: How Can New York Prepare For The Next Hurricane Sandy? featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

November 5, 2012 NYT: Engineers' Warnings in 2009 Detailed Storm Surge Threat to the Region featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 5, 2012 International Business Times: How Do You Protect Cities Against Future Storms Like Sandy? featuring Doug Hill

November 5, 2012 CoExist: How Can New York Prepare For The Next Hurricane Sandy? featuring Brian Colle and the Storm Surge Research Group

November 4, 2012 Washington Post: Coastal cities seek protections against superstorms featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 4, 2012 Reuters: RPT-INSIGHT-Flooded New York plans to tame the sea, but who pays? featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 3, 2012 TODAY: Experts mull seawall protection for New York featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 3, 2012 NYT Op-Ed: The Mayor's Barrier featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 2, 2012 The Atlantic Wire: What It Would Take to Hurricane-Proof New York featuring Larry Swanson and Malcolm Bowman

November 2, 2012 The Telegraph: Massive barrier plan to save New York from flooding featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 2, 2012 ABC: Sandy Spurs Talk of Sea Barrier for New York featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 2, 2012 NYSG: SBU Storm Surge Research Group Track Sandy, Correct Inaccuracies featuring Malcolm Bowman, Mark Wiggins, David Bowman, Larry Swanson, Brian Colle and the Storm Surge Research Group

November 1, 2012 AP/NPR: Experts: NYC Sea Barrier Could Have Stopped Surge featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 1, 2012 Huffington Post: Hurricane Sandy Utility Outages May Be Worsened By Underinvestment, Lack Of Planning featuring Brian Colle

November 1, 2012 NPR: Protecting New York From Future Flooding featuring Malcolm Bowman

November 1, 2012 NBC: Hurricane Sandy provides 'wake-up call' for cities at risk of flooding featuring Malcolm Bowman

October 31, 2012 The Atlantic CITIES: 5 Ideas That Could Have Prevented Flooding in New York featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

October 31, 2012 NBC's Cosmiclog: NYC flood was foreseen: Now what? featuring Malcolm Bowman

October 31, 2012 NYT: For Years, Warnings That It Could Happen Here featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

October 31, 2012 CNN: Experts warn of superstorm era to come featuring Doug Hill

October 30, 2012 Bloomberg: High-Tide Storm Was a Known Risk for New York featuring Brian Colle

October 29, 2012 WSJ: Range of Events Feeds Surge featuring Brian Colle

October 28, 2012 International Business Times: Hurricane Sandy Forecasters Warn Of Storm's Size; 'Frankenstorm' Expected To Grow featuring Brian Colle

October 27, 2012 Newsday: As Hurricane Sandy turns into 'Frankenstorm,' experts explain the rare convergence featuring Brian Colle and former student David Stark

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2009

April 6, 2009 Halcrow: Concept Storm Surge Barrier featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

March 30-31, 2009 ASCE: Infrastructure Seminar Looks at NYC Storm Surge Barriers featuring Doug Hill, Brian Colle, Larry Swanson

March 30-31, 2009 Table of Contents and Abstracts: Storm Surge Barriers to Protect New York City Against The Deluge featuring Doug Hill and Malcolm Bowman

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2008

July 31, 2008 NYSG: Researchers Find Ways to Improve Storm Surge Forecasts featuring the Storm Surge Research Group

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Additional Resources

NYC Crisis Map for Hurricane Sandy
Gas Station location and information, power information, etc.

NOAA Hurricane Sandy Response Imagery Viewer

National Parks Service: Post-Hurricane Sandy: What's Happening on Fire Island

USGS Flood Information and Hurricane Sandy Storm Tide Mapper

FEMA Hurricane Sandy Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) in New Jersey and New York


NOAA Fisheries Report on Damages to New York & New Jersey Commercial and Recreational Fisheries from Super Storm Sandy.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has released a report estimating the economic losses to the marine commercial and recreational fisheries sectors in New York and New Jersey from Super Storm Sandy. The findings of the report, along with surveys conducted by both states and New York Sea Grant, will inform the plans developed by the two States to provide disaster relief funding to the fisheries sector. Go here for the NMFS report.


Images

SoMAS Southampton Marine Station
The Southampton Marine Station after the storm

Streets of Merrick, NY
The streets of Merrick, NY (photo by Tom Wilson)

Windspeed Animation
Superstorm Sandy Windspeed Animation (created by Hamish Bowman)

Storm Surge Research Group Sandy Animation
Superstorm Sandy New York Metro Surge Animation (animation by the Storm Surge Research Group)

Breach
The breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island (photo by Charlie Flagg)
Images from a previous breach in 1980 are available here

Old Inlet Breach Jan 28 2013
Old Inlet Breach Jan 28 (photo by Charlie Flagg)

Storm Surge Research Group Sandy Animation
Superstorm Sandy New York Harbor Surge Animation (animation by the Storm Surge Research Group)

Video

Storm Surge Research Group Superstorm Sandy Windspeed Animation Created by Hamish Bowman

Islands Made of Sand - Justin Fehntrich A short documentary film made by students from Stony Brook University examining the long term effects of Hurricane Sandy, the new Fire Island Inlet and sea level rise.

Fallen Tree near Challenger Hall at SoMAS

Charlie Flagg and Pilot Rich Giannotti fly over Fire Island Breaches
Video 1  |   Video 2  |   Video 3  |   Video 4

Charlie Flagg and Pilot Rich Giannotti revisit the Fire Island Breaches Video

Protection from Future Storms

Metro New York

Malcolm Bowman has suggestions for protecting Metro New York

  • Metro New York is at serious risk from extreme weather events and it will get worse in the decades ahead;
  • The city's current doctrine of "resilience" is necessary but not sufficient to protect the city against future catastrophes;
  • What is needed for long term protection (up to 150 years) is the construction of storm surge barriers augmented by enhanced sand dunes along the ocean shorelines (up to 30' high and several hundred yards wide), similar to those already in operation in St Petersburg, Russia, and the Netherlands;
  • To make the project economically and politically feasible, an Outer Harbor Gateway would need to be a multipurpose system incorporating a 6-lane interstate toll road-bypass from northern NJ to Long Island/JFK airport, a light rail connection between Newark and JFK airports, as well as storm surge protection;
  • What is now needed is a comprehensive study by the US Army Corps of Engineers, detailing oceanographic, meteorological, geological and engineering aspects, plus an investigation of suitable locations, the effects on ocean circulation and flushing, ecology, fisheries, transportation, legal aspects, social justice issues, and economics;
  • Eventually rising sea levels will submerge New York City as we know it; but systems of seawalls, levees, barriers, pumps and enhanced dunes will extend the protection of the City to perhaps 200-250 years from now;
  • We can learn much from the European experience - we have the advantage of being 75-100 years behind Amsterdam and Rotterdam's situation of being located 6'-12' below sea level - so we can learn.

Long Island

In his February 1, 2013 Newsday OpEd , Larry Swanson reminds us to "remember Long Island's lagoons in future storm planning"

In his March 1, 2013 Newsday Letter, Chris Gobler recommends that we "keep inlet open for Bay health"

 

 


 

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