The Fox Point Hurricane Barrier following completion in March 1966 (Providence, Rhode Island). Photo taken by the New England Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Waltham, Massachusetts).

Two Rhode Island Coastal Flood Defense Projects Provide Lessons for Making Future Infrastructure Projects More Successful

Matt Drews2022

More than ten years have passed since Hurricane Sandy exposed New York City to devastating coastal flooding. Several cost-effective flood megaprojects, including levees and storm surge barriers, have been presented to the NY-NJ region to prevent future billion-dollar disasters, but none have moved forward. Researchers studying climate adaptation have put forward theories about why so few cities have built cost-effective …

Doctoral students Fatematuz Zohora Nishi and Dan Blanco discuss their coastal climate resilience models built during a recent class led by Lisa Auermuller (right). Photo: Lucia Mostello/Rutgers University

How Rutgers Is Forging the Next Generation of Climate Change Problem Solvers

Matt Drews2022

Training program created in wake of Superstorm Sandy brings graduate students from varied disciplines together to solve real-world climate problems. As a child, Dan Blanco watched low-income neighborhoods in his native Chicago flood during storms while the more affluent enclaves did not. Now, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in atmospheric sciences at Rutgers so he can further explore – …

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Burying Short Sections of Power lines could Drastically Reduce Hurricanes’ Impact on Coastal Residents

Matt Drews2022

A recent article posting by the National Science Foundation, highlighting a recent study in Nature Communications, found that burying just 5% of power lines near the roots of the distribution network, could reduce the expected percentage of residents without power after a major hurricane from 18.2% to 11.3%. The results of this work is part of NSF’s Coastlines and People …

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Hurricane Flood Risk and Sea Level Rise

Matt Drews2022

Two recent news stories highlighting different important topics related to climate risk were recently published while citing recent publications with ties to MACH. The first article, Future Hurricanes Likely to Pose Much Greater Flood Risk to US East and Gulf Coasts, published by, references the work of graduate students Avantika Gori and Dazhi Xi, who are part of Princeton …

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MACH Senior Member Jeanne Herb on EJB Talks

Matt Drews2022

Jeanne Herb was recently featured on the Rutgers University Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy’s Podcast EJB Talks, where she provides an overview of the Bloustein School’s Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC) as well as the Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH). Listen Here

By century's end, extreme flooding could hit New England roughly every five years. Photo by iStock

Future Hurricanes Likely to Post Much Greater Flood Risk to US East and Gulf Coasts

Matt Drews2022

Covered by an article by Princeton University, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change, is among the first to assess how climate change could impact the frequency of extreme rainfall-surge events. The researchers hope the findings will help better inform policymakers as well as bolster overall preparedness for the severe storms to come. Read the Full News Article Here …