Super Storm Sandy: Five Years Later


Call for Abstracts

Scientific Committee

Important Dates


Conference Venue








Rutgers University Newark

Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI)

Meadowlands Conference, Super Storm Sandy: Five Years Later

Lyndhurst NJ, October 26 and 27 2017

It’s been five years since Super Storm Sandy slammed the East Coast. The financial, human and environmental costs were enormous. Scientists agree a warming planet will make such extreme weather a larger part of the future of New Jersey and coastal cities around the world. This uncertain future leads us to some important questions. How can we best deal with storm surges and coastal inundation? How do we build resiliency into our urban coastal communities and structures while protecting the natural environment? How should we reimagine regulations regarding land use and environmental protection? In Sandy’s aftermath, environmental scientists, social scientists, economists, private consultants and government officials worked to answer such questions, compiling massive amounts of data, writing papers, and holding hearings. This conference, organized by the Rutgers University Meadowlands Environment Research Institute in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, brings together a community of scholars, researchers, urban planners, and policy-makers to share ideas and findings around the environmental, social and design challenges facing East Coast estuaries and bays under more frequent extreme weather events.


Current Sponsors

EvergreenEvergreen Environmental


Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce


Hackensack Riverkeeper


The ELM Group


New Jersey Water Resources
Research Institute


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Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstract for oral presentations and posters. Awards to be given for student posters. (Oral presentations: 20 min, Posters: 36″×48″ max) 

Presentations might address, but not limited to the following themes and topics:

Theme  1.- Environmental Science

  • Climate Change
  • Bioremediation
  • Environmental fate and monitoring
  • Environmental forensics
  • Hydrology and modeling
  • Ecology
  • Sediment contamination

Theme 2.- Planning and design

  • Site assessment
  • Improving reliance
  • How to rebuild smarter
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Long-term recovery of communities
  • Modeling community resilience
  • Green and sustainable resilience projects

Theme 3.- Social and economic aspects

  • Environmental Justice
  • Risk Communication
  • Risk assessment Human health
  • Sustainability
  • Regulatory programs and policies
  • Education and signage
  • Damage assessment

Please submit abstract of no more than 250 words (not including title) for oral or poster  presentations by May 31 2017. All submissions must be 12pt. font and Times New Roman. Please include in your submission the presentation type (oral/poster), the company or school name (note if student presentation), a contact email and the presentation title as you would like it to be displayed in conference proceedings. All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee. Email submissions to:

Francisco Artigas
Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute

Contact us to discuss any ideas that you might have for a paper on these or other related issues. Successful applicants will be informed by June 30 2017

  • Oral presentations: 20 min
  • Posters: approx.: 36×48 in
  • All submissions will be peer reviewed by the Scientific Committee



Abstracts will be published in a conference proceedings

Selected papers will be published in an open access journal. Title of the journal to be announced.


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Scientific Committee

To be determined


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Important dates

Submission deadline for abstracts and posters: May 31

Notification of abstract acceptance: June 30

Registration and payment: August 1

Conference dates: October 26-27, 2017


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Conference fee – Includes participation in the two day conference,  programs and abstracts in digital formats, one lunch and coffee breaks

Please complete the registration form and send check or purchase order by August 1, 2017

2 Day General Admission: $100

2 Day Student Admission: $25


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Conference Venue

Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, Rutgers University,
Lyndhurst Campus
1 DeKorte Park Plz,
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

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Conference convener and organization:

Francisco Artigas, Ph.D.
Director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute
Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, Rutgers University, Newark
Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute

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We invite vendors to exhibit at the conference. The conference will attract public, private, and academic entities from the tri-state region.

There is a $150 charge to exhibit during the conference; however space is limited, so only a small number of exhibitors will be able to attend. Exhibitors will be provided with a 6 ft. table, 2 chairs, table cloth and skirting. Lunch will be provided to the exhibitors.

Vendor inquiries contact Mrs. Sandra Speers at by April 30 to hold your reservation.

Complete and print the Vendor Registration Form and return it with payment by May 30 to confirm your exhibitor status. 

We look forward to your participation and support.


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