New York Sea Grant Responds to Superstorm Sandy
Coastal Processes & Hazards - News
Stony Brook, NY, March 7, 2013 - In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has played a role in providing sound information to managers and stakeholders in a timely way.

NYSG has long supported fundamental research on the environmental causes and effects of extreme weather events by funding the Stony Brook University Storm Surge Research Group. After the storm, NYSG responded nimbly by funding several important new research projects. The extension staff of NYSG, specialists who work directly with stakeholders, are helping to survey the extent of Sandy’s devastating reach on coastal businesses.

Here's a sample of how we're responding ...

Rapid Response Research Projects are Already Underway More>
Two important Sandy-related projects have been selected and are already beginning ...

Aiding Federal, State and Local Officials on Breach Assessment More>

Long-Term Funding of Storm Surge Research More>
Stony Brook University Storm Surge Research Group has been funded for their research over the last decade in which they created a composite storm surge model that tracks and predicts storm surge in the metro New York area with greater accuracy than other models.

Coming to the Aid Of Local Coastal Businesses Hit By the Storm More>
New York Sea Grant Extension is working closely with coastal businesses hard hit by Sandy: Surveying the Impacts of Sandy on Recreational Fisheries and Marinas

NYS 2100 Commission
NYS 2100 Commission: Recommendations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure—is a commission appointed by the Governor of NY in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. NYSG participated through the SUNY experts team.

This list of restoration recommendations of the NYS 2100 Commission requires a better understanding of local conditions and uses to make the best decisions about how to implement needed repairs and restoration. This is the kind of information that NYSG can help acquire, analyze, and distribute quickly to those who need it.
  • Restore damaged dunes, beaches, and barrier islands
  • Repair and strengthen critical hard infrastructure along the coast
  • Repair and protect wastewater infrastructure
  • Repair important public recreational infrastructure

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New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This network includes a National Sea Grant Law Center and National Sea Grant Library. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s Great Lakes and marine resources since 1971.

For updates on New York Sea Grant activities, has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links. NYSG also offers a free e-list sign up via for NY Coastlines, its flagship publication, and Currents, its e-newsletter supplement, each distributed 3-4 times a year.

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