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Characterizing and Mitigating Flood Risk for New York City

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"Characterizing and Mitigating Flood Risk for New York City"
Presented by Philip Orton, Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology

New York City and its neighboring New Jersey Harbor shorelines have many low-lying areas highly susceptible to flooding, particularly as sea levels continue to rise in the coming decades.  Dr. Orton will present recent results of recent work with the New York City Panel on Climate Change where they utilized hydrodynamic modeling to map tidal-monthly and extreme storm-driven flooding.  These same models are powerful tools that can be modified for experiments to test flood risk reduction measures. Dr Orton will also present and discuss results of evaluations of nature-based flood adaptation strategies and gated storm surge barrier systems similar to those being evaluated in the US Army Corps of Engineers' ongoing Harbor and Tributaries study.

Dr. Philip Orton is a research assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, holding a PhD in physical oceanography from Columbia University. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles on coastal physical oceanography, storm surges, flood risk assessment, air-sea interaction, sediment transport, and coastal meteorology. He is a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change and contributed to NYC’s adaptation planning after Hurricane Sandy, working with NYC on the Special Initiative on Rebuilding and Resilience, and as a member of the winning Living Breakwaters team for Rebuild By Design.

COST:
$45 ASCE Members & Professionals
$10 Students

Earlier Event: October 16
Annual Awards Dinner