Flood risk study receives $2.3 million Rockefeller Foundation grant

Sept. 27, 2013

Photo courtesy Staten Island Borough President’s Office.

Princeton researchers are part of a flood risk study that has received $2.3 million in funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The project, “New Directions in Coastal Resilient Design Strategies—Four Integrated Designs,”  is a comprehensive study of the flood risks of vulnerable coastal populations in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The Princeton project team, together with partners at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, the City College of New York School of Architecture, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will develop four integrated coastal resilient design strategies for the mid-Atlantic region.

The Princeton effort is a collaboration between the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment and the School of Architecture.  Guy Nordenson, a professor of architecture is the lead investigator. Co-investigators are Ning Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; James Smith, chair and professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of Princeton’s Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

This interdisciplinary effort will complement and augment initiatives already underway by the City of New York and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Princeton researchers took part in the June 11 report, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” a comprehensive analysis of New York City’s climate risks and proposed steps for preparing for future climate events. The report stems from the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency that Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. That report can be found here.