resilience starts with information
It takes years to fully recover from big storms like Sandy
The 2012 hurricane widely known as Superstorm Sandy left at least an estimated 325,000 New Jersey homes damaged or destroyed. Nearly seven years later, many of the New Jersey residents who have not fully recovered have to fend for themselves.
The government funding has mostly dried up. Only two nonprofits that help survivors remain engaged.
If you visit almost any town in coastal New Jersey and drive inland from the beaches, you will see houses that look fine from the outside. But even today, you’d see something else if you take a closer look.
Some homes are elevated 10 feet above-ground to prevent flooding – yet lack stairs. Others may remain disconnected from the electric grid. If you were to peek inside, you might find they have no furniture or appliances or even walls – just studs and crossbeams. In some cases, whole apartment buildings have vanished and are not being rebuilt.
I’m a researcher who studies how organizations and agencies team up to solve big public challenges. While researching the recovery efforts after Sandy, I have found that up to a third of the 2.5 million people who live in Keansburg, Belmar, Toms River and other places along the New Jersey coastline and back bays struck by the storm had not fully recovered from this disaster by October 2017 – five years later. Today, almost seven years after the storm, a lack of data and the patchwork of assistance programs make it difficult to fully assess what remains to be done…
Mangrove protection from storm surges being studied by Japanese, PH scientists
Following the devastation brought by super-typhoon Yolanda in 2013, it was reported that there were families in Eastern Samar, who were able to survive because of the mangroves that protected their area.
This finding compelled Japanese and Filipino scientists, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to conduct a study that could help boost disaster resilience of coastal areas and enhance marine conservation in the Philippines.
Called the Comprehensive Assessment and Conservation of Blue Carbon Ecosystems and their Services in the Coral Triangle (BlueCARES), the project is meant to identify the dynamics of the blue carbon or carbon dioxide stored in marine ecosystems in the Coral Triangle.
The Coral Triangle, the global center of marine diversity, is composed of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and the Solomon Islands.
When the blue carbon system is damaged, an enormous amount of carbon is released to the atmosphere, adversely contributing to climate change…