Super Storm Sandy: Five Years Later





Call for Abstracts

For Presenters

Scientific Committee

Important Dates

Registration – Closed

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

Conference Agenda

Poster Abstracts

I want to thank everyone who participated in Super Storm Sandy five years later. We had over 150 attendees, 28 oral presentations and over 20 posters.  With a central theme of Super Storm Sandy five years later; presentations touched on a number of topics including:  sediment and contaminate transport,  assessing fugitive chemicals and exposure to recovery workers,  uncertainty in sea surge forecasts, retreat strategies from coastal areas and effective communication when explaining the weather,  among others. The conference provided a forum for the exchange of ideas across disciplines that will help create a consensus on how to make our coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient in the future.


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


Rutgers Climate Institute


New Jersey Water Resources
Research Institute





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Call for Abstracts

We welcome abstract for posters presentations. Awards to be given for student posters. Arch E (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 poster  presentations by July 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.


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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For Presenters

All oral presentations are allotted 20 min including Q&A time. We ask that presentations be emailed to no later than October 24, 2017, so they can be preloaded on a laptop. The file name should be: AuthorLastName_AuthorFirstName_mmyy.

The auditorium is equipped with a Windows 7 laptop and PowerPoint 2010, and a projector. If you use a Mac, make sure the presentation is saved in a format compatible with windows.  Slides must be legible from the back of a large room as our auditorium seats 300. 

Poster presentations are limited to Arch E (48″x36″). Presenters  will be provided all necessary materials to hang posters. Please have your poster ready to be hung at sign-in on the October 26th.


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 Scientific Committee

Dr. Francisco Artigas – Environmental Scientist, GIS specialist

Director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute


Prof. Alec Gates – Distinguished Service Professor;

Department Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers-Newark


Dr. Ildiko C. Pechmann – Ecologist, GIS specialist

GIS Administrator at the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute


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Important dates

Submission deadline for poster abstracts: July 31

Notification of abstract acceptance: June 30

Registration and payment: October 20

Conference dates: October 26-27, 2017


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Registration – Closed!



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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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