Sustainable Coastal Urban Systems


Humans settlements are mostly deployed in coastal regions, and the understanding of the interaction of the urban eco-system with the natural coastal environment is essential to achieve high level of environmental sustainability. ESES students research the coastal-urban coupled environment in search of broad and specific questions related to this interaction with remote sensors, modeling, and analysis.

Sample Research Projects:

William Valdez (Summer 2012)

The Provocative Challenges of a Sustainable City in Santo Domingo

This research is an analysis of the increasing problem of a warming climate system through consequences of human activities. This is causing an uncertain future for humanity and our planet. It can be difficult to realize that cities in small tropical islands in the Caribbean like Santo Domingo and Puerto Rico are not exempt from these global and local climate changes.

Luis Ortiz (Summer 2012)

On the mean and extreme climate trends of the Northeast as driven by decadal signals

This project deals w/identifying trends of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) for past, present (1950-present) and future (2010-2100) climate conditions for the Northeast, and how these relate to general climate trends, such as precipitation, Sea Surface Temperatures, and maximum/minimum temperatures.

David Melecio-Vazquez (Fall 2012- on-going)

His current research is focused on evaluating the vulnerability of coastal communities and their threat to extreme weather events. Using a community in Staten Island affected by Superstorm Sandy as a case-study, he looks into forming a methodology for a vulnerability index to quantitatively assess the risk of damage to a building with respect to their distance in-land and topography.