Category Archives: Workshops

March 12, 2015 Seminar


Regna Lounge in Rogers Hall – 6 Metrotech Center, 1st floor

Meeting Photo 1
David Holland – Professor of Mathematics, NYU Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science Fletcher (Bud) Griffis – Director, NYS RISE Minghua Zhang – Director, NYS RISE Leo Quigley – Senior Policy Advisor, GOSR Simon McDonnell – Assistant Director for Research and Analysis, GOSR



Climate Variability due to Tropical and North Atlantic Warming  – David Holland
Prediction of Seasonal Tropical Cyclone Activity Affecting NYS – Edmund Chang
Projection of Sea-level Rise for Long Island – Minghua Zhang
Model Simulations of Hurricane Sandy – Brian Colle

Critical Facility Vulnerabilities and Benefit to Cost Analysis – George Deodatis
Scenario-Driven and Information Based Storm and Evacuation Plan – Kaan Ozbay
Flood Resiliency of New York State Infrastructure – Masoud Ghandehari
Interactions of Water Bodies with Transportation Infrastructure in Nassau and Suffolk County – Christopher Gobler

Electric Power System Performance – Francisco de Leon
Flooding Impacts on Wastewater Infrastructure – Bob Vasiliadis
Flooding Impacts on Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant and other Wastewater Infrastructure – Larry Swanson
Flooding Impacts on Freshwater Distribution System – Henry Bokuniewicz
Flooding Impacts on Drinking Water Systems – Rae Zimmerman
Integration of Multiple Monitoring Systems Targeting Coastal Zones – New York City and Long Island – Christopher Gobler
Integration of Multiple Monitoring Systems Targeting Coastal Zones – Mid-Hudson and Upstate New York – Rae Zimmerman

Vulnerability and Risk Reduction – Judd Schechtman
Resilience Metrics for Infrastructure Investments – Guodong Sun
The Resilience to Disasters and Emergencies Index (REDI) – Constantine Kontokosta


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Malcolm Bowman – Distinguished Service Professor, SBU Marine Sciences Research Center Jim Gennaro – Deputy Commissioner, DEC


July 24 2014 Work Unit Leaders Meeting




Unit Leaders Workshop

Location (at NYU): 2 MetroTech Center, Room 820 Location


WORK UNIT PRESENTATIONS – Part 1 10:10 – 12:40pm
1.1 Assessment of Base Plans
Bud Griffis, Henry Bokuniewicz

1.2 Storm Simulations and Evacuation
Dilruba Ozmen-Ertekin, Brian Colle

1.3 Enhancements to Long-Lead Forecasting of Extreme Events
David Holland, Edmund K.M. Chang

1.4 Rapid Warning System Enhancements
Keith Tidball, Brian Colle

Visualization Simulation

Group Discussion 11:25-11:40am

2.1 Flooding Impacts on Transportation
Masoud Ghandehari, Christopher Gobler

2.2 Flooding Impacts on Electric Power Systems
Francisco de Leon (PNG), Guodong Sun

2.3 Flooding Impacts on Wastewater Infrastructure
Bob Vasiliadis, Larry Swanson

2.4 Flooding Impacts on Drinking Water Systems
Rae Zimmerman, Henry Bokuniewicz

2.5 Storm Impacts on Coastal Ecosystem and Fisheries
Christopher Gobler

Group Discussion 1:55-2:10pm

3.1 Prioritization of Storm Hazards and Vulnerabilities to Critical Facilities
Larry Swanson

3.3 Assessment of Economic Vulnerabilities and Investment Strategies Targeting Flood-prone Communities
Judd Schechtman, Larry Swanson

3.4 Resilience Metrics for Infrastructure Investments
Constantine Kontokosta, Guodong Sun

Group Discussion 3:10-3:25pm

4.1 Improved Evacuation Zone Modeling
Dilruba Ozmen-Ertekin, Minghua Zhang

4.2 Integration of Multiple Monitoring Systems Targeting Coastal Zones
Rae Zimmerman, Christopher Gobler

Group Discussion 4:05-4:15pm

ACTION ITEMS 4:15 – 4:30pm

March 27 Meeting at SoMAS


NYS RISE Team Members Workshop


Thursday, March 27, 2014

9:50 am – 3:30 pm

Room 120, Endeavor Building

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Stony Brook University, NY 11794-5000

Attendees of Meeting


9:50 am           Welcome, Minghua Zhang and Bud Griffis


10:00 am – 11:00 am

1.      Rapid Warning Systems Enhancements   

1)      Assessment of base plans, evacuation zones, response capabilities and gaps

Bud Griffis    Henry Boukniewicz 

2)      Scenario-driven storm flooding and evacuation planning

Brian Colle    Kaan Ozbay

3)      Enhancements to long-lead forecasting of extreme events

Edmund Chang   David Holland

4)      Rapid warning system enhancements

Brian Colle    Keith Tidball

11:00 – 11:15              Group discussion

11:15 – 12:00

2.      Assessment of Cascading Dynamics – Interdependence of Bodies of Water,  Infrastructure and ecosystem   

1)      Flooding impacts on transportation

Masoud  Ghandehari     Chris Gobler

2)      Flooding impacts on energy infrastructure

Martin Schoonen     Francisco de Leon

3)      Flooding impacts on wastewater infrastructure

Larry Swanson     Bob Vasiliadis


12:00 – 12:45              Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 pm

4)      Flooding impacts on drinking water systems

Rae Zimmerman    Henry Boukniewicz

5)      Storm impact on coastal ecosystem and fisheries

Chris Gobler


1:10 – 1:30      Group discussion

1:30 – 2:30 pm

3.      Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency – Investment Strategies  

1)     Prioritization of Storm Hazards and Critical Facility Vulnerabilities

Larry Swanson     George Deodatis

2)      Vulnerability assessment of communities in the New York Rising CRZ programs

Judd Schechtman

3)      Assessment of economic vulnerability and investment strategies targeting coastal and inland flood-prone communities

Peter Loucks     Anthony Dvarskas

4)     Resilience Metrics for Infrastructure Investments

Constantine Kontokosta     Guodong Sun

2:25 – 2:40      Group discussion

2:40 – 3:10


4.      Storm and Environmental Risks Under Climate Change  

1)      Improved evaluation zone modeling

Minghua Zhang     Kaan Ozbay

2)      Integration of multiple monitoring systems targeting coastal Zones

Chris Gobler      Rae Zimmerman


3:10 – 3:20      Group discussion

3:20 – 3:30      Action items



New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies



STONY BROOK, NY, October 31, 2013–Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), a new “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University that will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters.

The Resiliency Institute will bring together academic thought leaders as well as government officials, national experts and emergency response leaders, to conduct research and provide scientific information and intellectual resources that will lead to the development of comprehensive plans that policymakers and stakeholders can use to better protect communities.

“We must prepare for the increased likelihood of extreme weather events, and part of that effort is creating an academic environment for the study and research of resilience and preparedness to guide policy discussions,” Governor Cuomo said. “The New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies will bring together several of our State’s top universities to help provide a resource of in-depth scientific information as New York continues to develop strategies to better prepare for natural disasters.”

The Institute will serve as a statewide anchor for policymakers and emergency responders, providing comprehensive analysis to inform critical decisions before, during, and after extreme weather events. The Institute will foster an environment of thought leadership and knowledge development regarding storm-hazards risk management; provide expertise to aid agencies in providing and quantifying resilience in ecosystem and infrastructure design, operation, and investment; and develop platforms for transforming predictions into adaptive measures.  The NYS RISE approach will speed the translation from research to application to ensure preparation for extreme weather events, realizing the goal of a more resilient New York.

Projects the Institute will undertake include development of a rapid response plan to protect against future climate-induced storms; creation of proposals to further harden New York’s infrastructure; identifying areas of vulnerability to extreme weather events; and long term planning for storm risk from climate change.

In addition to NYU and Stony Brook University, partners include Columbia University, Cornell University, City University of New York and Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr, MD., said, “From Hurricane Sandy to extreme flooding upstate, New York State is experiencing historic natural disasters and emergencies  – endangering and taking lives, destroying property, and negatively effecting a recovering economy. NYS RISE is a collaboration of researchers  that, through Governor Cuomo’s vision, will help us better understand  major storms and their effects on our coastal environment, infrastructure, and critically, identify new ways to protect human life and property.  Through our School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University looks forward to collaborating with NYU and some of the region’s greatest research institutions to provide the research and knowledge to help New York State rebuild and protect itself from future storms.”

Dr. Katepalli Sreenivasan, President of Polytechnic Institute of New York University, said, “We are proud to be a partner of this public-private project that will serve as a hub of research and education on coastal preparedness and sustainability. At a time when New York has truly felt the devastating effects of extreme weather conditions, the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storm & Emergencies will help prepare our region for climate change in the long-term, and bring us closer to becoming a hurricane- and flood-resilient city.”

David Skorton, President of Cornell University, said, “There is no more important job than protecting the people of our state, and Cornell is pleased to be a partner in NYS RISE.  Our considerable strength in engineering will help New York be a leader in storm preparedness and recovery, and Cornell’s statewide reach allows us to assist wherever we are needed.”

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