“Sandy’s Storm Surge Mapped – Before It Hit” was internationally syndicated via the TechMediaNetwork as it appeared on OurAmazingPlanet.com

The story covered the College of Staten Island research team’s presentation at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 6, 2012.


In June, William Fritz and his colleagues developed a model showing how New York’s geography would amplify a storm surge in the event of a large storm, spelling trouble for low-lying urban areas.

Then came Hurricane Sandy.

“The storm surge happened almost exactly as we modeled it,” said Fritz, a geologist at the College of Staten Island, where he’s also the interim president. The only difference: Sandy’s surge was slightly larger than the model predicted, topping out at 14 feet (4.3 meters) instead of the 12 feet (3.7 m) the model showed.

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