Super Storm Sandy Research
On October 29, 2012, Super Storm Sandy made landfall on the U.S. east coast near Brigantine, NJ. The convergence of the storm with an intense low-pressure system, its unusual approach direction (from the east rather than from the south) and its coincidence with astronomically high tides made Super Storm Sandy one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, causing 147 deaths in the U.S. and more than 50 billion dollars in damages (costs are still being tallied). Most of the damage caused by Super Storm Sandy was focused on the coastal zone, with flooding (the hurricane caused record high storm surges in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut), high winds and powerful waves resulting in the destruction of buildings, homes, roads, vehicles, and many other objects over hundreds of miles of coast.
The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping was awarded funding to support research into methods for mapping in support of storm response activities. This 24-month funded effort is intended to investigate methods for assessing the changes in the environment caused by events like Super Storm Sandy, to develop data processing methods for acoustic and lidar data collected as part of a storm response, to establish best practice methodologies for these data processing methods, and to examine data presentation and visualization methods for communication of the results of these investigations.