Linking architecture, climate science and engineering to protect coastal regions
Princeton researchers representing a wide range of disciplines are helping to propose possible methods to minimize flood risks for shore communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The work is part of a multi-university effort backed by $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 use of design to help manage flood risk in vulnerable coastal populations.
The Princeton team, together with researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, the City College of New York School of Architecture, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, will investigate the implementation of resilient design strategies for coastal areas in the mid-Atlantic region.
The effort at Princeton is a partnership between the Andlinger Center for Energy and the 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 of the department of civil and environmental engineering; and Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs.
Princeton researchers also took part in the June 11 report, "A Stronger, More Resilient New York," which analyzed New York City's climate risks and proposed steps for preparing for future climate events.
The new effort will complement and augment work by New York City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Smith said the group's goal is to report their findings and recommendations to the Army Corps, which is responsible for flood management.
"It is a combination of design and architecture along with hazards assessment," said Smith, who said the project will last about 15 months. "The world is changing. The goal of the study is to provide new design ideas for addressing the changing hazards from storm surge associated with climate change."