Rutgers-Edited Book Explores Superstorm Sandy, Future of the Coasts

Sep 07, 2016
Taking Chances: The Coast After Hurricane Sandy

The new book Taking Chances: The Coast After Hurricane Sandy, with contributions from experts from Rutgers University and elsewhere, examines the historic superstorm’s catastrophic effects, and discusses the future of the coastlines.

“Hurricane Sandy walloped New Jersey, New York and other states, causing astonishing coastal and inland flooding, prolonged power outages and more than $50 billion in damages,” explains university news source Rutgers Today. “The book, published by Rutgers University Press, investigates whether Sandy, which killed hundreds of people, was ‘a transformational event, just another storm or something in between.’

“Topics include the meteorology and climatology of Sandy, evacuations in coastal Connecticut, ecological damages and responses in New Jersey, gentrification around Brooklyn’s polluted Gowanus Canal, efforts to ‘Restore the Shore,’ and impacts on water, wastewater and electrical utilities.”

Twenty-seven professors and experts contributed to the book, which was edited by Rutgers’ Karen M. O’Neill, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology, and Daniel J. Van Abs, associate professor of practice in the department, part of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

As the book description notes, “Will Sandy be a tipping point in coastal policy debates – or simply dismissed as a once-in-a-century anomaly? This thought-provoking collection of essays in ‘Taking Chances’ makes an important contribution to this debate.”

The book is available for purchase online at —J.K.-H.

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