Coasts

Sector Overview
There is strong momentum across the Northeast toward adaptations aiming to improve coastal resilience, and strong demand for quantification of these adaptations using hydrodynamic models.

The CCRUN coasts sector team is lead by Dr. Philip Orton at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Phase I Highlights 
Collaboratively working with the City of New York on their post-Sandy resiliency plans, the coasts team learned of the stakeholder need for layered resilience (redundancy), instead of only vertical approaches like levees.

The coasts team provided the City of New York with the flood modeling of grey and green shoreline adaptation measures and evaluated what coastal adaptations would stop a 100-year flood with sea level rise.

Won the federal Housing and Urban Development “Rebuild by Design” competition in part due to taking the layered resilience approach much further, including physical, social, regulatory, educational and ecological resilience layers.

Phase II Research Plans
The coasts sector team will improve the resilience of cities of the Urban Northeast through three main thrusts:
1) Advancing the “forecasting the future” layer of resilience through ensemble forecasting and hazard assessment
2) Enhancing the metrics of resilience
3) Improving  communicating the forecasts of hazards and the metrics of resilience

All three are aimed at one focal point, which is, informed, improved decision-making on coastal urban resilience. In leveraged work, and contributing to the main thrusts and objectives, the team will also measure the impact of structural and nature-based coastal adaptations on flood risk and water quality for Jamaica Bay.