Who We Are & Why We Exist

The Metropolitan NY-NJ-LI Storm Surge Working Group (SSWG) is a professional alliance of experienced urban planners, community leaders, marine and atmospheric scientists, engineers, architects, environmentalists, social scientists and media specialists drawn from across the tri-state region.

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Our Mission & Influence

Sea level rise and extreme storm surge are two major climate risks that threaten the metro region. The SSWG seeks regional perspectives and solutions to these serious coastal flooding issues within New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and western Connecticut.

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We Work With Others

We interact with many governmental and non-governmental professional, commercial, educational, environmental and community organizations that realize the urgency of the threats, and share our concern for the future viability of the Metropolis.

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Superstorm Sandy Image: NOAA

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The destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy left many without their homes, employment and basic amenities. Representative photos shown were taken along the south shore of Long Island and the eastern shore of NJ where many homes, businesses , industries and transportation systems were flooded , destroyed or burned to the ground.

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During Superstorm Sandy's aftermath, communities banned together to assist in the recovery from the widespread damage. The Metropolitan Storm Surge Working Group examines and promotes cost-effective and environmentally safe solutions to avoid future damages and loss of life and property from extreme weather events including hurricanes and winter nor'easters.

Executive Committee discussion of flooding issues at the historic Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan, which was was seriously flooded and damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

The Metro NY-NJ-LI Storm Surge Working Group meets regularly in New York City, and via virtual platfroms, to discuss important issues related to the safety and security of Metropolitan New York, Northern New Jersey, and Long Island.