Storm surge barriers or tide gates can minimize flooding and protect people and property during large storms. Yet their environmental effects are poorly understood and feasibility studies of potential surge barriers need to consider a range of potential impacts on an estuary. To broaden understanding of surge barriers being considered for the New York-New Jersey harbor, a 2018 catalyst project modeled and analyzed barriers' physical effects and hosted a series of workshops to synthesize and share information.
About this resource
A final workshop, held January 28, 2020, shared project results, provided an update on the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (HAT) Feasibility Study, and developed a future research agenda on the effects of gated storm surge barriers. The project may be of interest to stakeholders in the Hudson River estuary and New York/New Jersey harbor, and is relevant to anyone interested in surge barriers worldwide.
Key final workshop documents
Workshop summary and future scope of work - Inlcudes a synthesis of current science about surge barrier effects and key remaining research needs
Additional final workshop materials are available here and at the project website.