Currents and tides of Long Island Sound

January 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Dr. Alan F. Blumberg, Director of the Center for Maritime Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology, will present a lecture, February 9, 2009, on the tides and currents of Long Island Sound. The lecture is sponsored by the Cresthaven Yacht Club of Queens, N.Y., and will benefit anyone who sails in and around Long Island Sound.

The lecture will be held Monday, February 9, 7:00 p.m., in the Common Room at All Saints Church 214-35 40th Avenue in Bayside, New York. The entrance is on 215th Street.

There is no charge for this event; however, organizers ask that people attending the lectures RSVP via email to

Blumberg will discuss the Stevens New York Harbor Observation and Prediction System (NYHOPS). Established in 2002 it gives an assessment of ocean, weather, environmental, and vessel traffic conditions throughout the New York Harbor, Hudson-Raritan Estuary, Long Island Sound and the NY/NJ Atlantic Ocean shoreline regions.

Those who attend the lecture will gain insight into how the model was created and how it can provide greater success on the racecourse and greater comfort and safety in cruising.

An expert in ocean physics, Blumberg has spent his career gaining an understanding of and predicting the flow processes operating in rivers, lakes, estuaries and the oceans. His research makes use of numerical models, laboratory experiments and field measurements. These efforts have contributed to understanding the physical dynamics of estuarine and coastal ocean circulation and to the creation of ocean observing and forecasting systems which are used for environmental studies, surface vessel operations, and as a basis for maritime security.

The information provided by NYHOPS addresses the emergency issues including safe navigation and maritime security within one of the largest ports in the world, water quality concerns, and beach erosion and flooding along the heavily-populated New Jersey and Long Island shorelines.

The forecasts and real-time observations are viewable using color-coded maps at The presentation will address the technical details of the system, the essential partnering with the user community, and the unique challenges associated with constructing an operational ocean observing and forecasting system in an urbanized coastal ocean region.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,150 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students with about 250 full-time faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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