(Updated Wednesday, March 6, 2013)
Before Hurricane Sandy, scientists at The Earth Institute were at the forefront of studying the dangers posed by such storms, especially in the New York City area, where they are based. Among their specialties: the physics of storms and storm prediction; impacts of climate on weather and sea level; vulnerability of populations to natural disasters; the challenges of strengthening urban infrastructure against flooding and other forces; urban public health; and the sociological, cultural, legal and political aspects of natural catastrophes, climate and related issues. Our scientists are available to provide continuing information and perspective. Below, a partial list.
A large assortment of media featuring our scientists is at: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/10/29/science-behind-sandy/
Journalists may contact scientists directly. For help or if your request is extremely urgent, please contact a press officer at bottom. (*Denotes a person may be unreachable due to power/phone outages or other destruction.)
Roger N. Anderson
Research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; consultant to Con Edison
Expert on NY City power grid and challenges of making it resilient; urban energy sources; general urban infrastructure
Chief forecaster, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Expert on physics of weather systems, medium-term climate forecasts on US East Coast and globally
Contact: email@example.com, 845 680 4447
James F. Booth
Postdoctoral researcher, Goddard Institute for Space Studies/Columbia Dept Applied Physics & Math
Studies physics of midlatitude storms, extratropical cyclones; influence of climate, oceans on weather
Research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Public health and storm-induced pollution by toxins, heavy metal and other hazardous substances
firstname.lastname@example.org o 845-365-8893 h 845-398-9767 c 845-596-4468
Executive director, The Earth Institute
Prolific writer and commentator on urban infrastructure and resilience, environment, climate change and related political and cultural issues. Ex-EPA official.
Contact: email@example.com, 212-854-4445
Assistant: Annie Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org 212-854-4445
Professor, Columbia Engineering School
Sea level, climate and storm surge effects on transport, urban infrastructure; storm barriers, other long-term engineering solutions
Contact: email@example.com 212-854-9728
Graduate researcher, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia Dept Applied Physics & Math
Studies weather patterns, storm surges and seasonality of weather and climate, especially on US East Coast
Director, Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
Environmental, climate and energy law. Legal implications of environmental disasters
Contact: Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-854-3287
Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Expert on medium-term climate forecasting, effects of weather and climate on infrastructure including sea levels, and physical adaptations to shifting climate
Contact: email@example.com, 845-680-4865
Special research scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research
One of the first people to warn that sea-level rise and other effects related to climate change threatened to beset New York and other coastal cities. Author of the 2013 book Rising Seas: Past, Present and Future.
Timothy M. Hall
Research scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Studies atmosphere and ocean dynamics, including generation and tracking of large storms. Has researched likelihood of giant storms.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 212-678-5652
Research scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research/Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Coauthor of reports detailing New York’s vulnerability to climate and storm disasters and how to strengthen infrastucture. Has served on New York task force on climate change. Extreme weather, climate, flooding.
http://ccsr.columbia.edu/?id=aboutus_people (go to Radley Horton)
Contact: email@example.com, 212-678-5649
Research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
One of the earliest to accurately map flood hazards to subways and other infrastructure; coauthor of several key reports on this issue. Seismologist by training, but focusing on coastal hazards.
Video interview with Jacob from his flooded home (free for download): http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2012/11/06/a-prescient-voice-on-sandy-suddenly-everyone-is-listening/
See also: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/user/jacob
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 845 365-8440
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Storm-induced water pollution, especially microbial sewage. In coming days, Juhl and colleagues will test water quality by boat around Manhattan, Brooklyn and other areas in New York and along the Hudson River. (Footage may be available; please contact our press office.)
Contact: email@example.com 845-365-8150
Professor, Mailman School of Public Health
Expert in urban public-health issues and epidemiology related to weather and climate.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-305-3663
Deputy director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Director, Center for Hazards and Risk Research
Seismologist by training, expert in risk and hazard assessment; earthquakes, storms and other disasters; international studies of government response, at-risk populations, infrastructure, and human vulnerability.
Contact: email@example.com, 845-365-8348
Chief climate scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Physics of climate change and weather patterns; disaster preparedness. Works globally with International Red Cross.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org o 845-680-4514 h 845-735-0151
Director, Earth Institute PhD in Sustainable Development; Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory & School of International and Public Affairs
Expert in human and infrastructure vulnerability to disasters, sustainable development and climate issues. Previously led the ‘Katrina Death List,’ a definitive study of mortality in that disaster.
Contact: email@example.com, 212-854-0716
Co-director, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
Specialist in the psychology and sociology of natural disasters and climate. Perceptions of danger, climate adaptation, and public policy.
Contact: Bso5@columbia.edu, 212-854 1543, 530 400 3074
Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Mailman School for Public Health
Redlener, a professor of public health, studies how society prepares for disasters at all scales
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 212-535-9707
Head of Columbia University Climate Impacts Group, Center for Climate Systems Research
Co-chair, NY City Panel on Climate Change scientific advisory team, which warned of events like Sandy. Has been laying out blueprints for coping with such events. Climate change, urban infrastructure, sea level.
Contact: email@example.com, 212- 678-5626, 5562
Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development
Expert in urban planning, sustainable development, effects of climate on cities.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-854-3548
Professor Environmental Health Sciences, The Earth Institute
Public health, disease implications of disasters, climate and weather
Contact: email@example.com 212-305-3590
Research scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Columbia Dept of Applied Physics & Math
Top expert in US East Coast weather, general physics of storms and climate connections.
Contact: Ahs129@columbia.edu, 212-854-6587
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Kevin Krajick firstname.lastname@example.org 212-854-9729
Kyu Lee email@example.com 212-851-0798
Kim Martineau firstname.lastname@example.org 845-365-8708
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