This summer, the program will run from June 10th to August 1st. The summer program is composed of four phases 1) Orientation, 2) Remote Sensing (RS), Geographical Information System (GIS) and MATLAB training, 3) Introduction to ESES research questions and 4) Exploring ESES research.

Please see the ESES Summer Bridge Program 2013 CALENDAR

Orientation: it is a one-week seminars given by faculty with a background in ESES areas in the diverse topics of climate change, remote sensing, renewable energy, and water resources. Please see orientation schedule HERE


Training Section: It is a two-week training section on Remote Sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) and MATLAB. Please see training schedule HERE

Introduction to ESES Research Questions: The purpose of this section is to allow critical thinking, deep analysis of science questions and development of new ideas and strategies to provide solutions to challenging real world problems. This year the theme is “Resilient Coastal-Urban Communities”. A series of lectures will be given by invited speakers to review and analyze the problems faced in the Resilient Coastal-Urban Communities.

All lectures will address the main theme from different perspectives. Each speaker will challenge students with relevant and practical questions. Students will team up to work on a research paper. At the end of the section there will be a round reflective table to discuss the subject and students findings.

List of Talks

  • The coastal ecosystem July 1st, 2013
  • Prof. Kyle McDonald ,The City College of New York.
    Access the presentation:

  • Public policy for resilient infrastructure July 3rd, 2013
  • Edward Linky, EPA.

    Access the presentation:

    1. USEPA Region II
  • Tropical Storms and Implications on the Ground: Northeastern ExperiencesJuly 5, 2013
  • Prof. Jorge Gonzalez, The City College of NY.

    Reading assignment:

    1. Tropical Mesoscale Convective Systems
  • A review on computer modeling of storm surge: mathematics, numerical method, and application – July 8, 2013
  • Prof. Hansong Tang, The City College of NY.

  • Roundtable reflective discussion July 17,2013
  • Moderators: Dr. Karin Block and Prof. Jorge Gonzalez, The City College of NY.


Site Visits

  1. Forum on Translational Ecology – Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies in Millbrook, NY. – July 12th, 2013.
  2. Brookhaven National Lab’s National Weather Service division, Long Island, NY – July 16th, 2013
  3. NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP) – August 6th
  4. Museum of American Natural History
  5. CREST Picnic

Exploring ESES Research: students will conduct research with their mentors that will facilitate their interest and expertise. The research topics will involve sustainable coastal urban systems, climate, water resources, energy systems, and ecosystem services and biodiversity.

CREST Symposium: On the last day of the Summer Bridge Program, students will present their research with the knowledge their obtained through-out the summer on this symposium that is held at The City College of New York.

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