Assessment of Cascading Dynamics

Interdependencies of Bodies of Water, Infrastructure, and Ecosystems

  • 2.1 Interactions of water bodies with transportation and waste water treatment facilities under storm scenariosData driven analysis of the propagating effects of flooding on tunnels, rail, highways, and ports under different storm scenarios in real time. Provide storm scenario information to DOT, the Port Authority and other relevant agencies, and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • 2.2 Carrying capacity (resistance) of different infrastructure systems during Sandy and ways to increase resourcefulness and redundancy, including options for advanced technology applications such as renewable energy in combination with energy storage.Data driven analysis of the impact of storms on power distribution systems to complement what NCERDA and utilities do and provide scenarios of winds and flooding information in real time.
  • 2.3 Flooding impacts on wastewater infrastructureInventory, mapping, and performance reviews of sewage treatment plants. Temporal and spatial distributions of wastewater spills and dispersions in past storms. Working with EFC, DOS and DEC to make recommendations on preventing future plant failures and mitigating environmental damages.
  • 2.4 Flooding impacts on drinking water systemsMapping of drinking water sites, drinking water collection and distribution systems in NYS.
  • 2.5 Storm impacts on coastal ecosystem and fisheriesA comprehensive survey and a report on the impact of multiple types of coastal storms, including Sandy, on marine habitats and fisheries on the New York coasts.