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September 5, 2018

Message from Jupiter CEO, Rich Sorkin: How Jupiter’s advanced science and technology is helping New York City prepare for the risks of a changing climate


SAN MATEO, CA – September 5, 2018

Today we are pleased to announce our partnership with Brooklyn College and an extended team of academic and private institutions to study urban flooding in New York City and measures to improve resilience.

Under the scope of the program, Jupiter is collaborating with a prestigious academic team including leading scientists from Brooklyn College, Stony Brook-SUNY, The New School, Colorado State University and Stevens Institute. Jupiter is leading the scientific modeling, essential to comprehending current and future rain and flood scenarios. The team has already completed its first milestone, a proof of concept, and is actively using Jupiter’s scientific models on our ClimateScore™ cloud computing platform.

The project will inform New York City’s efforts to strengthen resilience in one of the world’s largest and most complex stormwater and wastewater systems. By modeling and analysing comprehensive data from the city’s network of stormwater infrastructure, the team is assessing areas at risk for urban flooding. The group will also identify investments most likely to reduce flooding, which can damage property and endanger human life.

New York City’s location and dense urban environment make it uniquely vulnerable to flooding. Hurricane Sandy dramatically demonstrated New York’s vulnerability to coastal flooding. In New York City, urban flood risk is compounded when rainfall and storm surge occur simultaneously. However, less is known about inland and precipitation driven flooding. The combination of more frequent extreme precipitation events, ongoing sea-level rise, coastal flooding, and land use change increasingly overwhelms the city’s stormwater conveyance systems, leading to both flooding and degraded water quality.

While the city continues to make progress in increasing resiliency, this study will add to their understanding of coastal and rainfall induced flood risk. We look forward to leveraging our experience and unrivaled modeling tools to evaluate the most critical scenarios of New York’s Citywide Stormwater Resiliency Study—especially within the context of climate change—to help New York continue building a safer and more prosperous city.

At Jupiter, we believe that the key to climate resilience lies in partnership and collaboration among public, private and academic institutions. We already collaborate with Columbia University, receive funding from the National Science Foundation for Big Weather Web and support NASA’s satellite planning work.

Jupiter is excited to build on this Public-Private-Academic foundation with the cross-disciplinary team supporting New York City. By working together, we are confident we will help New York prepare for and adapt to the risks of a changing climate.

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