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Using Scenarios to Improve Resilience to Major Storms



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A new report from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) examines Hurricane Sandy’s impacts on the New York/New Jersey region and suggests ways to improve resilience to future major storms. The Operational Group Sandy Technical Progress Report documents the findings of a team of experts from government, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations—Operational Group Sandy—who convened in March 2013.

The team was asked to develop scenarios for the impacts of Sandy and future major storms on the region’s ecology, economy, and people. Each scenario describes a cascade of consequences set in motion by Sandy’s impacts. Flood damage to buildings and property, for example, led to further effects such as creation of debris, displacement of households, exposure to hazardous materials, business closures, and high cleanup costs, to name just a few. The report projects consequences approximately 5 years into the future, when a hypothetical severe storm called “Hurricane 2018” is imagined to strike the New Jersey coast in mid-August 2018. The authors list potential interventions that could be taken during the next 5 years to ameliorate the effects of such large storms.

U.S. DOI Strategic Sciences Group Erika Svendsen discusses scenarios of Sandy’s impacts with colleagues during the March 2013 deployment of the DOI Strategic Sciences Group (SSG)
Above Left: The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) established the DOI Strategic Sciences Group (SSG) in 2012 to construct interdisciplinary science-based scenarios of environmental crises affecting Departmental resources. Co-led by the Science Advisor to the National Park Service Director and the USGS Associate Director for Natural Hazards, the SSG reports to the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior and can only be activated by the Secretary. [larger version]

Above Right: Erika Svendsen, research social scientist with the U.S. Forest Service and participant in Operational Group Sandy, discusses scenarios of Sandy’s impacts with colleagues during the March 2013 deployment of the DOI Strategic Sciences Group (SSG). Photograph courtesy of SSG. [larger version]

Hurricane Sandy made U.S. landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey, in October 2012 “(USGS Scientists Predict, Measure Sandy's Impacts on the Coastal Landscape”), less than a year after DOI established the SSG to construct interdisciplinary science-based scenarios of environmental crises affecting Departmental resources. In January 2013, the Secretary of the Interior directed the SSG to support the Department’s participation in the Federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. For this effort, the SSG assembled Operational Group Sandy, whose work is presented in the report. DOI used SSG findings to help inform the selection of projects to be supported by Hurricane Sandy supplemental funds (see “USGS Research to Support Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Gets Boost from Supplemental Funds”).


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Interior's Strategic Sciences Group report on scenarios of Hurricane Sandy's impacts
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