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Transportation Nation

MTA Bond Tied to Storm Surge a Big Hit

Friday, July 26, 2013

WNYC

Investors are betting against another Sandy-sized storm hitting New York City. The first ever bond tied to storm surge levels around New York city generated so much market interest that the bond has grown by 60%.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hurricane Forecasting; Storm Surges; Sports + Politics

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hurricane season kicks off June 1 and forecasters predict a big storm season. James Franklin, chief forecaster at the National Hurricane Center, explains how meteorologists forecast hurricanes and what was learned during Sandy. Plus: a look at past and possible future plans to protect the city from storm surges; how to prolong life in an era of limited resources; and the common ground between sports and politics.

WNYC News

Flood Map Shows Sea Rise Down to Street Level

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

WNYC

Researchers at Rutgers University have created NJFloodMapper, an online tool that allows users to visualize coastal flooding hazards at various sea level rises.  The tool can help towns and counties visualize rising seal level and how they'd be impacted by it.  

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Transportation Nation

Sea Walls, Wetlands, and Porous Streets: Designing a Storm-Proof New York City

Monday, November 12, 2012

Storm damage in Sea Gate, Brooklyn (photo courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office Photo/ Edward Reed)

Would a $20 billion sea wall, stretching from Sandy Hook to the Rockaways, have prevented damage done to New York by Hurricane Sandy's storm surge?

Engineer Fletcher Griffis, speaking on Monday's Brian Lehrer Show, says yes -- "but gosh knows what it will do to the ecology in New York Bay."

Other ideas kicked around during the interview: porous roadways that could reduce flooding,  increased wetlands, and "soft" solutions like zoning changes and ending subsidies for flood insurance.

Listen to the interview below. And check out a data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau about population growth near the coastline.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Designing a Storm-Proof NYC

Monday, November 12, 2012

F.H "Bud" Griffis, professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic University and Stephen Cassell, principal of Architecture Research Office LLC, and one of the WNYC cityscape architect collaborators, discuss design and engineering ideas to help mitigate storm surge damage.

 

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The Takeaway

Hurricane Irene's Winners and Losers

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hurricane Irene pounded North Carolina early Saturday morning and continued north wrecking havoc all the way up to New England, where floods are reportedly occurring in Vermont. Tomorrow, as residents of cities along the eastern coast of the U.S. attempt clean up Irene's wreckage, the southern U.S. will be reminded of their own recent natural disasters: it's the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to Katrina, and American outrage over certain politicians' reactions to the storm and its aftermath, the northeast's politicians learned to take every precaution necessary as they deal with Irene.

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