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Earth Institute Research Projects

Quantifying the Value and Communicating the Protective Service of Living Shorelines using Flood Risk

Lead PI: Mr. Kytt MacManus

Unit Affiliation: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)

December 2013 - August 2016
Inactive
North America ; New York
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Map the extent of Jamaica Bay wetlands, beaches, mud flats, other ecosystem features; and the bathymetric depth profile for historic and present-day periods. Quantify the flood extent and intensity in historical and present-day coastal zones using model runs of the Stevens Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Model (sECOM). Work with decision-makers and natural resource managers to develop three realistic future green shoreline scenarios which could potentially reduce storm surge flood elevations. Perform a cost-benefit analysis of future living shoreline landscape scenarios based on construction cost analyses and a full risk assessment for storm-driven flooding. Develop an online interactive mapping tool for decision makers and the general public

SPONSOR:

Stevens Institute of Technology

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$71,412

KEYWORDS

resilience ecosystems flood elevation mapping tool ocean model risk assessment coastal zones

THEMES

Restless earth